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Product Details

  • Series: Vincent Calvino Novels
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802143989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802143983
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Moore, whose novels have been translated into German, Japanese and eight other languages, makes his U.S. debut with a low-key thriller, part of a series to feature Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in Bangkok, Thailand. An apparent suicide in a failing massage parlor below Calvino's office may be related to the suspicious heart attack of his biggest client, attorney Andrew Danielson. When Danielson's law firm refuses to pay Calvino's outstanding fees, luck arrives in the form of prissy attorney John Lovell. Lovell has been cut loose from the same law firm because of fears he might pry into Danielson's death. He also knows a lot about local celebrity Khun Weerawat's shady deals, which may be relevant to Calvino's investigations for Danielson. As Calvino tries to connect the dots and find out what happened to Danielson, he also attempts to solicit business from four women afraid their husbands are cheating on them. The breezy quality of the scenes with the suspicious wives, the lack of depth to Calvino's character and a predictable resolution undermine an otherwise complex, intelligent novel. (Jan.)
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"* 'Plenty of violent action and some memorable low-life characters, but the real star of the book is Bangkok, which Moore, a long-term resident of the city, brings to vibrant, sleazy life.' Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Great read start to finish.
Mark Petrie
His asides on relationships, love, Buddhism, Thais, and expats are always spot-on.
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I could smell taste and touch Calvino when I read this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Burleigh-Boy on January 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A riveting story! Detective Vinnie Calvino is wise to the intrigues of the motley citizens of Bangkok. He's a great character, a man trying to hold on to a battered integrity despite a clear-eyed view of the many lowlifes, high rollers, beautiful girls, and ugly deals in the so-called Land of Smiles. His asides on relationships, love, Buddhism, Thais, and expats are always spot-on. This isn't especially suprising since the author, Christopher G Moore, is according to the book flap, a longtime Bangkok resident. Having been to Thailand a number of times, I can testify that the tiniest details are wholly accurate and the settings are the real deal. No phony surreal stuff. Moore seems to know the secret ins, outs, and byways of the city and beautifully captures its raw and often painfully poignant vibrancy. He made me wonder why a place so ostensibly foreign is nevertheless so intensely familiar. Maybe it's the straying farang husbands, the corrupt careerist lawyers, and the ruthless Thai bigwigs all trying, like Calvino himself, to make it in the most exciting city in Asia.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Steiner on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have given up on PW with this review. I could smell taste and touch Calvino when I read this. I went immediately on a hunt for more Calvino books and can't wait for Grove to publish more. There is something very subtle in the way that Moore uses non-flowery language to create a scene so strong that I could smell what Bangkok must be like and see the characters in motion. I am glad I found this author as there is much exciting reading ahead. Publishers Weekly go home.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In Bangkok, attorney Andrew Danielson hires American expatriate private investigator Vincent Calvino to look into an illegal drug operation. With the $10,000 fee and an expected success, Vincent believes he will obtain an investigative position with the World health organization New York as he has the proof.

Two floors below his office is the One Hand Clapping massage parlor Vincent breaks down the door as he expects trouble inside. He is right because he find a dead nineteen years old young "working" girl lying in her bed. The same day Andrew dies from an alleged heart attack; his law firm refuses to pay Vincent his expenses let alone his fee. As demonstrations rock the city, Vincent finds himself unpaid and short cash. Three of the Fab Four expatriate female friends hire him to conduct surveillance of their spouses. Debra, Janet and Ruth have just read The Risk of Infidelity Index, which names Bangkok as the number one city for spousal infidelity. The fourth member Ruth is a recent widow; her spouse Andrew having just died from cardiac arrest. All three of his recent activities soon tie together in a major complex fiasco in which he may return to New York for his funeral instead of for a job.

THE RISK OF INFIDELITY INDEX is a terrific Bangkok investigative tale starring an American expatriate who finds he is getting deeper into trouble when he just wants to collect his fee. The story line is at its best when Vincent causes havoc or explains life in Thailand wit its' spiders, frogs and shells. When the Fab Four appear, the plot turns humorous but loses a bit of its Asian Urban Noir feel. Still this American Farang's misadventures are fun to follow (see MINOR WIFE and SPIRIT HOUSE) as they rival the BANGKOK HAUNTS of John Burdett.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Standridge-Santopietro on March 6, 2009
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This book's title refers to the English wives of husbands working in Thailand who measure the numeral incidence of the infidelity of their husbands in various countries, Thailand being at the pinnacle of their list.
The women of Thailand that these Anglo husbands lust for are really just girls drawn by pimps from the countryside, easily replaceable, who are really sex slaves whose lives have no value whatsoever to their pimps other than the money the girls produce for them and the degree of absolute loyalty they show their masters in doing and saying exactly what they are told. In this excellent thriller this is shown in how these girls are brutally murdered based on the slightest whiff of disloyalty or desire to do something for themselves that is perceived. The police of Thailand are shown as totally corrupt, protecting the mobsters who run the city based on their bribes and on fear of them. One joy I found in reading about Detective Calvino's valiant struggle against these forces of evil, was getting a view of what Thailand is really about, especially in dealing with Americans, especially those who question the system. It is indeed better even than visiting Thailand myself, which I will now cross off my Bucket List. Christopher Moore has done an excellent job here and well deserves his 5 stars.
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By Steven Ross on December 30, 2013
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No big surprise this was a great story... every book in this series thus far has been nothing less than entertaining, witty, and just hard to put down.
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