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Private Dancer [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
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'I don't know if it was love at first sight, but it was pretty close. She had the longest hair I'd ever seen, jet black and almost down to her waist. She had soft brown eyes that made my heart melt, long legs that just wouldn't quit and a figure to die for. She was naked except for a pair of black leather ankle boots with small chrome chains on the side. I think it was the boots that did it for me.'

Thailand 1996. The Year Of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams, young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Bar's top earning pole dancers.

What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all that she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.

'The best book regarding the relationships with bar girls that you can ever read. This should be compulsory reading for all first-timers to Thailand. Buy one for your friends' - Pattaya Mail.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 618 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9810539169
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GXEJV4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Joe! Me love you long time. November 22, 2005
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mott's Private Dancer February 3, 2008
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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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRIVATE DANCER - A MUST READ FOR ANYONE GOING TO BANGKOK February 20, 2006
Imagine, picking up a novel where you were so absolutely riveted, so drawn into the characters that you could actully feel the drippy heat of a Bangkok night and the racing of your heart as a drop dead, brown-skinned Thai women in a go-go bar lets loose a smile that just locks up your heart ..... . Well, that's what happened to me. I couldn't put this thriller down. My 20 hour flight from Bangkok home to NYC seemed like a mere extension of my visit as I was just sucked right back into that vortex of illusion hidden between the pages of Stephen Leather's Private Dancer. If one has any questions to what was going on in the Bangkok bar scene, how middled aged white males go over there and fall completely, head-over-heels in love with these brown skinned asian beauties ... or .... why men get hooked and live their 9 to 5's 11 months a year to fly clear across the world to this Asian Hotspot, this book answers it and more .... But it also destroys the illusions. It reveals the truth. The pathetic side. To impoverished Thai women, men are merely walking ATM cash dispensers. To the men, these are instant girlfriends, phenomenal actresses, whom within minutes, can elicit feelings of love no western woman could complete with, all enveloped in a package of innocence ... of youthfulness, the male fantasy we were promised by Hollywood. If you're planning a trip to Bangkok and you're male and are tempted in any way to investigate the sex scene or just wondering about those beautiful smiling Thai women beckoning you on, with a knowing glint in their eyes , please read this book. It will have you walking in with your eyes solidly open and even now, as I think about this book, I hope Mr. Leather writes a sequel, because, sitting now at 6 AM in the morning back in my NYC apartment this chilly February morning, his work has put me right back there in the heat of a Bangkok night. - John Petrocelli -
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read don't miss this one if you are visiting Bangkok, if not...
A fantastic read most enjoyable with a plot oh so Bangkok this book should be recommended reading for all who visit Thailand the author obviously has personal experience in Bangkok... Read more
Published 14 days ago by GarryRB
5.0 out of 5 stars The ugly truth
The ugly truth is often ignored or rejected but it doesn't stop it being true. There is no book more accurate about Thailand's bar scene.
Published 22 days ago by andy marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I read this book a long time ago and liked it a lot. Well written and intriguing. I'd give it five stars except that I didn't like the recipes being inserted. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Neaderthal Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading through to the end
A little repetitious such that the book could have used a bit of editing to trim the length. One can breeze through the periods of repetition though, and get the authors... Read more
Published 27 days ago by anomaly7
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Published 1 month ago by James D. McGill
2.0 out of 5 stars save your $$
not well written
Published 1 month ago by dave gaetke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I normally don't bother to review anything but this book was amaing. Coudln't put it down. Finished in one sitting and ended up staying up way to late when I had to work the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars The Guy is Painfully Pathetic but...
Both my wife and I agree that the main character is so pathetic that the story was hard to even imagine actually happening. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David J Getman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Has a wonderful take on the competing perspectives of some classic characters, a must read
Published 4 months ago by alanpoole
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it is a great hidden lesson in one side of Thai culture
Any ways this book is irrational, but I couldn't put it down. I think it is a great hidden lesson in one side of Thai culture.
Published 5 months ago by imareviewer
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More About the Author

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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