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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Crime Wave Press (December 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881655668
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881655660
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Wilgus lived and worked in Asia for many years. Titles in his Father Ananda murder-mystery series, which include Mindfulness and Murder, Garden of Hell and Killer Karma, have been translated into French, German, Spanish and Italian. An award-winning movie based on Mindfulness and Murder was released in 2011 by DeWarenne Pictures in Bangkok and nominated for Best Screenplay by the Thailand National Films Awards 2012. Wilgus, who is also the author of The Man Who Got Lost, was recently named best general columnist by the Mississippi Press Association. He lives in Seattle’s Chinatown district..

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nita on January 15, 2013
I enjoyed this book a lot, and highly recommend it. Fast-paced, but thoughtful, it gave me a real feel for Thailand. I really liked the character of Father Ananda.

Can't wait to see the movie if and when it ever comes to Netflix.

A great read. You won't be disappointed.
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This novel is laced with copious amounts of violence, tragedy and cruelty, but Nick Wilgus skillfully injects equal amounts of humor, love, and compassion to create a very memorable and moving mystery, set at a Buddhist monastery in Bangkok. There have been many novels written with Bangkok as the setting, but most of those are yawningly mediocre tales of bar girls and expat sex fiends. This novel, however, offers a perspective of Bangkok and Thai life that is refreshingly different. The Buddhism angle, of course, provides most of this difference, but Wilgus also has a keen eye for detail and his descriptions of Bangkok and it's chaotic street are, for the most part, very accurate.

Although I found this to be an engaging and engrossing mystery, I don't think you could say that it's masterfully written. Too much of the dialogue is riddled with American slang and copious cliched phrases. Many times I'd be reading a passage and groan out loud, thinking: A Buddhist monk would never say that! I think that a better job of editing would have helped in this area. But perhaps that's nitpicking. Overall Wilgus spins a good tale and the best parts of this novel are when the main character, Ananda, talks about Buddhism and his own conflicted feelings. Despite the murders in the main plot, the overall tone of this novel is very much uplifting. Some passages were so moving that they brought me to the brink of tears. Another strength to this novel is the characters --- both monks and street kids; ones that you care about and want to read about again. And the good news is, you can; there are 2 more Father Ananda novels that Wilgus has written, and news of another one coming soon. I'm looking forward to reading all of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Sneed on January 12, 2013
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I'm not a huge fan of the detective novel, but I LOVED this book. Not only did the story keep me guessing until the end, the details of life in a Buddhist monastery (in Bangkok, no less) were fascinating. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kacee on May 30, 2014
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I was looking for a new series to read and was glad I came across this author. I will order more from this series
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