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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,
I like John Burdett's novels very much. I have never been to Thailand but I get a clear sense that he has! Read morePublished 18 days ago by S. Hales
Another excellent book by John Burdett. Starts off a little bit slow though.Published 1 month ago by Brunick
I am a big fan of this series, but I found this one below expectations. The body parts theme makes it quite morbid, and the famous Thai atmosphere didn't come together for me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Surf City
This is the best yet. I love your writing style and your interweaving of plot lines. Looking forward to the next book.Published 3 months ago by mary ann guentzel
I really enjoy the John Burdett Thai series. This was my least favorite. It was too convoluted. The subject matter is a worldwide concern and therefore interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Liu
Not the best in the series, but it's still an intriguing concept. Wish John would go deeper into past lives in one of these books.Published 4 months ago by Matthew L. Morava
Well written, as usual. Story line has all the well-known characters of the other books, but is perhaps a little far-fetched, at least at this time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin