By John Burdett
A mystery with perspective to spare, Bangkok 8 is a horny, razor-edged, usually darkly hilarious novel set in a single of the world’s such a lot unique cities.
Witnessed through a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered lower than a Bangkok bridge within a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. one of the witnesses are the single police officers within the urban now not at the take, yet inside moments one is murdered and his accomplice, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a religious Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar woman and a long-gone Vietnam battle G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante challenge to catch his partner’s assassin, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a stunning FBI agent named Jones and captures her middle within the method. In a urban fueled by means of illicit medications and endless corruption, prostitution and valuable paintings, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him right into a global even more sinister than he can have ever imagined.
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A mystery with angle to spare, Bangkok eight is a lovely, razor-edged, usually darkly hilarious novel set in a single of the world’s so much unique cities.
Witnessed by way of a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered below a Bangkok bridge inside of a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. one of the witnesses are the single law enforcement officials within the urban now not at the take, yet inside moments one is murdered and his companion, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a religious Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar woman and a long-gone Vietnam battle G. I. —is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante challenge to seize his partner’s assassin, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a stunning FBI agent named Jones and captures her middle within the approach. In a urban fueled by means of illicit medicines and limitless corruption, prostitution and invaluable artwork, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him right into a global even more sinister than he can have ever imagined.
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I’m going to the hospital. ” “No thanks,” I yell back. ” It’s eleven thirty. I still have over an hour before I’m supposed to pick up Maria. I decide to go outside, pretend to get the mail or something, peek over and act surprised to see him there. It’s summer, for God’s sake, and I haven’t seen him since the last day of school. He’ll want to say hello to someone from school, especially me, Kelly’s closest friend. We can even talk about Kelly. That’ll be fine. That’ll be perfect. I can go over just to find out how Kelly is.
I don’t know. What kind of question is that? ” He shrugs. ” I feel my insides light up like birthday candles, even though this is evil, even though we shouldn’t be talking this way. And suddenly I feel sort of … free. Like, I know I’ve known all along, but it suddenly hits me. Kelly isn’t here. It’s just me. And Sean. “Maybe,” I say. He edges in closer and I can smell the heat of his breath, like freshly cut grass. ” His lips are too close to mine to speak, like they might bump together by forming words.
He pulls his T-shirt back down to cover the blub and takes out his wallet. ” Luke stops and I concentrate hard on him, wait to hear what he wants. I watch the way his squinty blue eyes spy at me from behind a pair of tiny, gold-rimmed glasses, the way his lips spout like he’s trying to think up what to say, and how his ears are as tiny as mine. I try to imagine what he looked like at my age, before his face got all saggy, and wonder if he might have been kind of cute. ” he asks. “It’s no big deal, Luke.