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LAUNDRY MAN (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Needham
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Book Description

“Mr. Needham seems to know rather more than one ought about these things.”
— The Wall Street Journal Asia


Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.

Or is he?

A secretive Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances. A former law partner Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse. A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.

A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.


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"LAUNDRY MAN astounds. The closing chapters run at breakneck speed so buckle up and enjoy the ride." -- CNNgo

"No other Bangkok novel I've read gives as vivid view of the Thai capital. It's Jake's voice that is the key to the novel's entertaining quality, and the quality that will send me to the other Shepherd novels, when I can get hold of them." -- Glenn Harper, 'International Noir Fiction'

"LAUNDRY MAN is in the tough-talking tradition of Elmore Leonard and Ed McBain and deeply infused with a sense of place. Jake Needham gets most things right. His prose is clean and evocative, and his voice offers a wry perspective on the proceedings." -- The Asian Review of Books 

About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing legal and spy thrillers when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for nearly twenty-five years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you anything about. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Bangkok and New York.

You can learn more about Jake Needham at his official website: JakeNeedham.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2682 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong); 3 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H9KYPY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal March 16, 2012
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Laundry Man kept me engaged as I followed Jack Shepherd through Bangkok's infamous small sois (streets) inhabited by "unique" personalities both Thai and foreign. There is no city on earth quite like Bangkok and Jack Shepherd deftly navigates through the smoke and mirrors like no other expat can.

Laundry Man is so authentic because author Jake Needham is the real deal- an American expat intimately familiar with Thailand. Trust me, I lived in Thailand for nine years and after the first chapter, waves of familiar memories flooded over me, invoking the street sounds, cooking aromas and general rush I personally experienced there.

Make sure you are comfortable when you first open this book- because you won't put it down unfinished.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction???.....doubt it. Great read!!! March 13, 2012
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Great book from an author who knows what he is talking about!

I have both Laundry Man and Killing Plato in both hard copy and ebook format. As someone who has spent a lot of time in Asia working in similar fields as the charachter Jack Shepherd, I found this book right on the money. Fiction?...maybe, but anyone who has read Jack Shepherd books and has spent time in Asia is sure to read each page with a recollective smirk from people and places they know.

The descriptive locations make you feel like you're right there with Jack, - (the first time I read it I had to light up a montecristo myself). Very good narrative, with enough to keep you guessing but remaining very believable. Best books set in Asia I have read in a long time.

Glad to see Jacks back in the new novel!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Laundry Man is one of the Jake Needham books I sought for years. In those years I read a lot of very positive reviews. Now I can confirm that all the good things I have seen written about it are true.

The characters are truly fascinating. They are so real, so colorful, and frequently so terrifying. A good example is Archie Ward, the "pathologically profane Aussie." It is great fun when he and Jack are talking deadly serious stuff while taking a wild round-trip ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. I have never been to Hong Kong, but I may have to go there to see if I can make that same wild end run Jack made as the gate to the ferry was closing. Hope I can still move that fast. And then there is Mango Manny (Emmanuel Marcus), a man to fear even when he is on your side. He is frightening like God is frightening and frightening like the Devil himself. He moves the world with a few phone calls. Not even the homicidal characters Just John and Phony Frank are more intimidating.

One of the best examples of the clever dialogue found in this book occurs in the first few pages. Jack Shepherd receives a call from an old law partner who has been dead for years. The conversation is clever, humorous, and intriguing. Use the Look Inside feature to read this exchange, and you'll be hooked.

The plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing. If you are a person who likes to guess what comes next, you may find this plot quite challenging. I finally just quit trying and enjoyed the ride.

I love this book and as well as the other Jack Shepherd novel, Killing Plato. Can't wait for the third book in the Jack Shepherd series: A World of Trouble. Coming very soon.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I read Jake Needhams books about Inspector Tay of the Singapore CID with great enthusiasm. They are super books. I guess, without checking, the Laundry Man is a very early book by the same author. I hope it is anyway. Its set in Bangkok, more or less and it centres around a guy called Jack Shepherd. He is supposed to be a lecturer at a local university.

Well, he gets caught up in some financial intrigue that he doesn't want to get caught up in and tries to avoid - just as the reader wants to avoid it as well. And who are the baddies? Is it the CIA or maybe the FBI or "special units connnected to the White House", or the Russians, or corrupt Chinese generals, or the South Africans, or NSA, or just gangster drug cartels laundering their cash. The plot goes back and forth constantly in a fog of indecision. Is it suspence or did the author keep changing his mind about the plot?

The book is populated by characters like Jello, Just Jack, Phoney Frankie, Mango somebody, Jimmi Kicks and Howard the Roach. For this reviewer, they didn't lend authenticity to the story. So many nicknames and so few real names. Jake Needham has written better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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... but a lot of money all around Southeast Asia.

This is the debut of Jack Shepherd, once a big-time lawyer in the U.S.of A., and now a quiet professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
When a former partner in his ex law-firm - presumed long dead as a stone - makes contact, a lot of unpleasant things begin to happen in Thailand's capital and extend to Hong Kong. And our good man Jack is in the middle of this typhoon...

>>A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today's allies are tomorrow's fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.<<

And the protagonists are so real and the places Jake Needham takes Jack - and us with him - are so credible, because the author is a long-time expat who knows his Oriental places firsthand.
A real pleasure to read and a whole bunch of reasons to buy and read the other Jack-Shepherd thrillers KILLING PLATO (A Jack Shepherd crime novel) andA WORLD OF TROUBLE (A Jack Shepherd crime novel), too. A new one has to come out in fall.
Read them - they are worth Your time!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Chilling
Just an amazing read. Truly couldn't put it down but I didn't want the book to end. It was a thriller, mystery and financial shenanigans all rolled into one book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Harolynne Bobis
5.0 out of 5 stars so much fun
I have enjoyed this book so very much. Jack Shepherd is every mans decent man with a sneaky twist. Read the books!
Published 1 month ago by Patricia carrier
1.0 out of 5 stars to slow
To drawn out, and to many people to keep track of. Hard to stay into it. I think he can do better.
Published 1 month ago by Joan A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Things you might want to avoid in Bangkok!
I loved this book, maybe it is because I am an American living near Bangkok. However, a lot of the descriptions of the city (and others in Thailand) is right on!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue Stotler
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!!
It was hard to get into--didn't hold my attention--slow moving--if I ever have a hard time sleeping I will pick up the book and will be out like a light!
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Atwood
5.0 out of 5 stars So good you cant read just one!
Jack Needham has developed a marvelous series with his character Jack Shepard. The stories are engaging, the locales exotic, and Shepard's expertise in international finance... Read more
Published 3 months ago by KhmerJeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Laundry man
I liked this book very much. The manner that the author played out the visual aspects of Bangkok and its surrounding country side was wonderful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert J. Ehrhart, Sr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery in a different part of the world.
It was an intriguing book which took place in Bangkok and HongKong and made the story more interesting. The characters were good and you could relate to them.
Published 3 months ago by anita carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sense of place in Thailand!
For those who have traveled in Bangkok, Needham's portrayal will instantly bring back memories. I can't speak for the accuracy of the financial dealings, but it was compelling... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlie Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Gets you hooked and can't put it down,,,,,,,,, I enjoy this book by this author, and keep looking for them
Published 3 months ago by Steamer
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More About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels and legal thrillers when he realized he really didn't like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education and held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. Then, somehow, he became a screenwriter following a series of accidents and coincidences too ridiculous to be believed.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can read excerpts from all Jake Needham's books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' at his web site: www.JakeNeedham.com.



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