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The inimitable hero of Vulture Peak is Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. He’s not your everyday police detective. In his own words, here’s how he came to be where he is today.
Call me Sonchai, you probably won't be able to pronounce the rest of my name (Jitpleecheep), farang (Westerners) never can. You won't find me in any official histories of the Vietnam War (we just call it The War over here), but it produced me and quite a few thousand like me. They tell me that in those days a drafted man was entitled to about one week's R&R during his tour of one year. Add in flight time from Saigon to Bangkok, and you're left with a window of about five days for Dad (whoever you are, wherever you are) to impregnate a bargirl called Nong and disappear again forever. Mum tells me it was real love, even if she did make Dad pay for it. She's very tough. I imagine when she realised he wasn't going to show up to cop the full bill of child support, she just shrugged and got on with the business of survival, at which she proved to be a kind of genius. She owns her own bar now, where I moonlight; my daytime job is detective in the Royal Thai Police Force, under the world-famous Police Colonel Vikorn. He's the one loaned mum the money to start her bar called The Old Man's Club. Sure, I went through that rebellious streak that illegitimate half-casts are famous for (stole cars and smoked dope during my wild days, before mum took me in hand and made me ordain as a monk for a year in a strict forest monastery in the far north), but I'm very well adjusted now. I live with my wife Chanya, who used to work at The Old Man's Club, and I get my dope from the cops, so I don't need to break the law--ha, ha.
Farang, I am yours in dharma,
An organ trafficking mystery. Uncomfortable subject to read about but an emphasis on the exotics of Thai culture and Buddahasism and good characters made the story readable, not... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Pi Meson
I can't get enough of Burdett's writing. The characters find themselves enmeshed in life or death outcomes leaving everything but chance as a possible outcome.Published 2 days ago by Travelin' Man
Compared to other stories I thought this was not so smooth, for me too many "side stories" that did not eventually come together so well. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Katerina Machovcova
Not one of his best, IMHO. Tedious at times. It almost seemed the author was trying to meet a word requirement by providing unnecessary detail. I struggled through to the end.Published 1 month ago by Disgruntled Customer
I've read all of the Sonchai Jitplejeep mysteries and they are so close to my heart (in this case, quite literally - Vulture Peak is about the body part black market). Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Houk
Burdett is a master of the plot twist. Just when you think you know where he's going something pops up. Some writers just throw in twists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Kenton Starr
I have read his other novels, but this plot shows he is becoming a more mature, talented author. Interesting plot.Published 5 months ago by Snorkeling
I like the depth of characters but Burdett's negativity is almost too much. His trashing of capitalism is ironic as well.Published 7 months ago by Fred