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Publisher's Summary

John Burdett writes darkly inventive fiction with a comic twist. In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called to a grisly murder scene that could make or break his career, but he’s more worried about impressing Tietsin, his new Buddhist guru. However, Tietsin would rather use Sonchai to help him broker a heroin deal worth 40 million dollars. Left with no easy way out and plenty of moral conflict, Sonchai will have to decide between saving his soul and saving his career.
©2009 John Burdett (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

“Sonchai Jitlpleecheep has leapfrogged the field, vaulting from cult favorite to just possibly the most compelling crime-fiction hero in the genre. His fourth adventure, even more than its predecessors, is overstuffed with a dizzying array of multifaceted storylines, all of which exude both the moral ambiguity and the cognitive dissonance that have become this series’s hallmarks.... Burdett juggles the various plots with great dexterity....A whirlwind of a novel.” (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By yolanda on 05-21-11


The story in this book is just as different from any other mystery as the other of the series. Very good plot, the characters are well worked out. Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the Thai Buddhist policeman is so interesting when combining his beliefs, work, and private life. This is no gentle book and delves in dark plots and humor. I have all the John Burdett previous books in the series and enjoyed the readers very much. The accents were perfect. I cannot say the same for Stephen Hogan. His accent is British, not Thai sounding at all. Also, it was difficult at times to tell which character was speaking. They should go back to the original reader, much more entertaining.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ellen on 10-19-11

Great, despite some drawbacks

I agree with reviewers who complain the plotting isn't as tight as previous installments. However, this is more than made up for by the usual fascinating glimpses into foreign cultures, religions and ways of life Burdett brings so brilliantly to the page. Well worth the journey. Also, the narrator is top notch.

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