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Editorial Reviews


The best book regarding relationships with bargirls that you can ever read. This should be compulsory reading for all first-timers to Thailand. (Pattaya Mail)

Because of all of its local wisdom, Private Dancer ought to be made available to every tourist at port of entry. (Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post)

About the Author

Stephen Leather is one of Europe's leading crime novelists with sixteen international bestsellers to his name (published by Hodder & Stoughton). He has sold more than a million books worldwide. He resides in Dublin, Ireland.

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  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (December 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GXEJV4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992.

His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

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When I was young and single, I fantasized about visiting Bangkok's fleshpot buffet. But, even 11 years in the Navy didn't provide the opportunity as I never made it away from Stateside. Now that I'm older, married, and only marginally wiser, I doubt that my wife would let me go - even if I could imagine conjuring up the energy to carouse once I got there. And there is, of course, the sobering specter of AIDS. But, should any of you young studs embark on the tour, PRIVATE DANCER should be required reading before reaching the airport departure gate.

Pete is a freelance writer hired by a publishing house to edit a new cookery book/travel guide for Thailand. Once ensconced in Bangkok, Pete is introduced to the red-light district by friend Nigel, where Pete meets pole dancer/prostitute Joy in the Zombie Bar. Pete is smitten despite advice from the resident expats that it's best not to get emotionally involved with a bar babe. And despite all the evidence, some provided by a private detective, that Joy is simply using Pete as a cash ATM, that she's married to a Thai man, and that she has sex with other farang (foreign) customers when he's out of town, Pete remains enamored of his PRIVATE DANCER. He desperately wants to believe her excuses, lies, and proclamations of true love - "I love you and have you in my heart only one. Miss you all the time."

Author Stephen Leather takes an interesting approach to the story, telling it alternately from the viewpoints of Pete, Joy, Pete's farang friends and acquaintances (Nigel, Big Ron, Bruce, Jimmy), the private detective Phiraphan, Pete's employer Alistair, and a certain Professor Bruno Mayer, an expert on prostitution in Thailand and cross-cultural relationships between the sex workers and their customers.
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Posted by Admin / 31. January 2008, 03:37
UP UNTIL a couple of weeks ago, I must have been the only foreigner in Thailand who had not read Stephen Leather's novel Private Dancer. I knew about the book; I'd heard great things about the book; but I'm not what you would call a prolific reader, having read perhaps only twenty books during my lifetime. A friend loaned me his copy of Private Dancer and, thanks to two visits to Bangkok in three days, I found the four road trips of two hours each provided the perfect opportunity to finally read it.

I've never done a book review since I finished high school and I don't intend to start now, but I must report on what I discovered was a fabulous book. First of all, Private Dancer is a novel with the usual disclaimer that "All characters in this publication are fictitious ..." I don't believe that for a second; the reason being that I have personally met them all. They may not have been the exact characters Mr. Leather was referring to but they were their cosmic clones. Trust me, these people do exist. In fact, I was once one of them but I'm not going to disclose which one!
In this I found the only negative feature of the book: I suspect it would be far more enjoyable if the reader had prior knowledge of Thailand and, in particular, the foreign bar scene. To someone who has never been to Thailand, a lot of the events, the irony and the dialogue may be wasted. Nevertheless, I could relate to all of it and form a clear picture of every scene in my head, making it chilling reading.
This was another indication that although the novel may be a fictional story in its entirety, it must be based on a series of real events.
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I must first say that I thought this book serves as a good educational warning to tourists wanting to visit Thailand's bars and nightlife. It definitely pays to have some forewarning about the kind of stupid and sad things that naive western tourists have had happen to them. Like buying a house in Thailand for their new Thai wife and finding it is now owned by her family and being told to shove off home in the middle of the wedding party. Or the secret first husband or boyfriend the girlfriends often keep, even once the Thai girls become 'married' to their western partners. Or the plastic surgeons who cut out the Adam's apple, the [...], enhance the breasts, and whatever else so that sometimes even locals can't tell the 'sweet looking Thai girl' who was born a man, let alone first-time sex tourists. Or those strangely naive guys who always seem to exist (think of the Nigerian letter scam-still going strong after all these years) and think that if a pretty, pouting girl (usually with long hair, a tight bum in hot pants and midrift shirt) tells them they love them, and 'them only one', then that somehow means they can trust them with just about everything-their savings, emotions, career-you name it, which is in fact the main story in the book.

But in addition to these good anecdotal warnings, I thought the main story- revolving around a naive guy blindly trusting a typcial bar girl who said she always loved him and always will-'him only one' etc etc was a bit overcooked, or to put it better, 'enhanced'.
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