From the Inside Flap
It is seven in the evening and Bangkok's infamous Nana Plaza is coming to life. Neon signs are flickering on; flowers sellers and peanut sellers and garland sellers are already making their rounds; vans briefly block the narrow passageway into Nana to make last-minute deliveries of ice and soft drinks; sounds of music, laughter and motorcycle engines pierce the humid air; wispy curls of incense smoke rise above shrines dedicated to Brahma, Buddha, locals gods and various animist spirits. Dancers are enjoying last minute chili-flavored snacks or are already inside the go-go bars putting on their makeup. Men in short-sleeve shirts are laughing and drinking with the women working the beer bars, and killing time before the go-go action begins. Uninhibited eroticism permeates an evening air already so full of sensual promise that the Marquis de Sade himself might feel the need to run for cover.
About the Author
Dean Barrett has lived and traveled in Asia for over 20 years. His novels on Thailand are Kingdom of Make-Believe and Memoirs of a Bangkok Warrior. His novels set in China are Hangmans Point and Mistress of the East. Several of his plays have been staged in the United States and his musical set in 1857 Hong Kong, Fragrant Harbour, was selected by the National Alliance for Musical Theater to be presented on 42nd Street, NYC. For five years, he wrote a satire column in the Hong Kong Standard shamelessly posing as a Chinese gentleman, Uncle Yum Cha (Uncle Drink Tea). He is a member of Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and the China Round Table.
His mystery novel with a Chinese detective set in Manhattan will appear in the fall of 2001 and is titled, Murder in China Red. He is well into his next novel on Thailand, a mystery entitled, Skytrain to Murder. Although he admits he still doesnt know why the victim was killed, who the killer is, or what it has to do with the Skytrain. He is also traveling between Bangkok and China writing a wacky, nonsensical and possibly imbecilic travel book entitled, Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring. Mr. Barrett lives in Bangkok.