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A WORLD OF TROUBLE (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Needham
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Needham channels John le Carré in this raw, authentic tale of international intrigue. A WORLD OF TROUBLE is one terrific novel." – THE BANGKOK POST

Jack Shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a little sick of himself. So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Now he needs a job, and being General Chalerm Kitnarock’s lawyer is a job, so he takes it.

Shepherd could certainly have done a lot worse for himself. Charlie Kitnarok is the world’s ninety-eighth richest man. He rules an international corporate empire and controls billions in personal assets. But he’s also a former prime minister of Thailand now living in exile in Dubai. When he’s not making money, he’s plotting his return to political power.

For Shepherd, that could be a real problem. Thailand already has a prime minister, and she's a woman with whom Shepherd once had a brief relationship. It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to his supporters and intends to use the Thai army to seize control of the country. Can Shepherd keep his two friends from destroying each other and prevent Thailand from sliding into chaos?

Thailand is hurtling closer and closer to a bloody civil war. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd may be the only person on earth who can stop it.

Editorial Reviews


"Needham's tale of Thailand on the brink has a sense of old-fashioned elegance and a prose style that's like the casual grace of a perfectly tailored English tweed jacket. Not a word too many, not a word too few, and presto, a society simultaneously brutal and graceful is wonderfully illuminated." - The Bangkok Post

"Readers will empathize with the endearing flawed protagonist as his search for the truth forces him to come to terms with his past. The storyline - full of twists and turns - kept me up all night. This will not be the last time I read a book by Jake Needham." - Cosmopolitan Magazine

Speed and murder aren't
 the only way to hold a reader's 
interest. Another is the employment
 of brisk writing and interesting 
characters. Jake Needham's Jack
 Shepherd novels fall into that 
category. The series has a first-
person narrator who is cool, funny, and good company. -- International Noir Fiction

About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing legal and spy thrillers when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for nearly twenty-five years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you anything about. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Bangkok and New York.

You can learn more about Jake Needham at his official website:

Product Details

  • File Size: 2028 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6A4DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A witty, clever, thriller in an exotic setting April 1, 2012
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I have enjoyed all of Jake Needham's books, but this most recent effort surpasses his earlier, excellent mysteries. The trademark humor, verve, and socio-political commentary regarding southeast Asia remain staples of this newest work. And yet this work has a topical quality that dovetails with recent events in Thailand. This is fiction and yet one wonders! Renditions, coups, plots, rogue operatives, arms deals, political protests, and intrigue make this novel highly entertaining. The characters therein have a perplexing, fascinating quality about them. Sheperd's witty, roguish qualities give a sense of panache to the plot, and his relationships with Thai politicians color the dialogue throughout.

The other part of the character development which satisfies the reader has to do with the concept of a forlorn, cynical expat in a locale such as Asia. For some authors (James Webb), their works reflect a Conradian quality, with a sense of lost honor and lost innocence. Jake Needham avoids this oft-accurate portrayal and stereotype, instead creating a likeable character who comes across differently, and certainly not like the anti-hero often seen in other, similar genre novels. But the endgame - notwithstanding the mystery aspect of this tale - leads to the same result. Sheperd loves Asia, and his love for it shapes the dialogue, action, and outcome of the plot. This aspect of Needham's novels is most pleasureable, and keeps the reader returning for more. Readers who have relished the earlier novels in this series will now have A World of Trouble to delight in, and hope that Jake Needham will bring us more tales, more intrigue, and more of the same. Overall, this is a fine mystery by a superb writer of the genre.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, just what Eric Rosencrantz said and then some! March 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I second Eric Rosencrantz's review of A WORLD OF TROUBLE. He said many of the things I wanted to say. This is very definitely an enjoyable story. It is just plain fun to read.

It is a fast paced story that captures your attention and won't let you go. Your eager anticipation of the next event will tempt you to speed read. DON'T do it. If you do, you will miss some very clever stuff such as :

"Has anyone ever told you that your wisecracks get old fast?" "Frequently. And yet I persist. Isn't that amazing?"

"In Shepherd's experience, it was unusual for a Thai to be tall and look like Woody Allen, but Tanit actually was and he actually did. It was even more unusual for a Thai to get straight to the point, but Tanit actually did that, too."

"Come on, Jack. We're the FBI. We're not completely stupid." "You could have fooled me."

"You're no fun when you're all serious. Actually, come to think of it, I'll bet you're no fun under any circumstances."

"He had gotten used to the rain in Bangkok. It rains a lot in the evenings. It rains a lot in the mornings, too, and the afternoons and at night."


Any way, just slow down and enjoy. That's good advice for all of Jake Needham's books. Speaking of which, check out the new Kindle prices for all his previous books. Getting these books for $2.99 per is about as good a deal as you will ever get for this much entertainment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner by Jake Needham September 7, 2012
By Jimmy
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I had read the Big Mango, Laundry Man, Killing Plato and the latest in the Jack Shepherd series doesn't disappoint! It's nearly impossible to put down. The location descriptions make me want to book the next flight back to Thailand, and the author paints amazing pictures with his words. The plot is full of intrigues, I couldn't wait to see what happened next and there's some good laughs to be had too. At the low price of the Kindle edition, you can't afford to not read this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a blend of reality and fiction, very good read five stars September 6, 2012
By Sue Ann
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this is a wonderful mix of reality and fiction. i am so glad it is fiction because the story is plausible in some ways, too many ways. it would have been more fun if i had my tv on so that i could have listened to the similarities in the book and the news. Jake Needham is an excellent writer and story teller. i recommend this to everybody whether they have been to Thailand or not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a can't put it down read! March 29, 2012
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OK, no more spoilers of the witty, amusing, and sometimes laugh-out-loud repartee. The main problem with "A World of Trouble" is not being able to put it down. My boss kept wondering what it was I was "working" on so intently. It moves fast and keeps you wanting to see what comes next. Although it's not necessary to read the previous Jake Needham's earlier books to follow the storyline, I'd highly recommend doing so to fully appreciate this one. It's full of callbacks to the previous Jack Shepherd novels.

Simply put, this is a must-read book for any fans of the murder mystery or spy thriller, or any fans of Southeast Asia. It draws you in and Needham's detailed descriptions put you right into the scene.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By NiHi
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're a fan of SE Asia and expat fiction then you would surely enjoy this book ... if you've spent time in Bangkok then many of the places that the story takes place in will be familiar to you and the main character, expat Jack Shepherd, will seem like an old friend. For me this adds to the enjoyment of the story. An easy read and a page turner, this book will keep you engrossed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Information on a little known part of the world
Jake writes about an area of the world that I had no information at all. Now with the missing airliner with over 200 people on board the whole world gets a view of this different... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Robert H. Voight
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Jack Shepherd is a bit conservative and pines too much about his hard ass ex but the series is great reading - especially if you live or travel to SE Asia a lot.
Published 1 month ago by thq
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I will b buying everyone of this authors works. I highly recommend his Jack Shepherd series but beware they are addictive
Published 1 month ago by Patricia carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read with useful insight into the Far East
This book gives a good look at Thai politics although it is just a novel. Given the current political unrest in Thailand and how little the typical American knows about this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Welch
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit silly
I've read several of Jack Needham's novels featuring Jack Shepherd. They are always fast moving, witty, wise-cracks galore and exciting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by shrimp
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Brain Twister
Follow along with Jack Shepherd as he continues to work through his own life (like many of the rest of us) while he does his best to serve his client and stay out of the fray... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cate Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I like this book and the story is great! I have ordered Laundry Man and hope to read more of this author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wayne Cadman
3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more
The book was a nice read but the ending left with too many unanswered questions. I realize if the author is creating a series, this is a great technique; however, there were just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Asian intrigue at its finest
A thoroughly enjoyable read with a strong story line and interesting characters. Jack Shepherd is a lawyer, the cooperative type, not the courtroom and he is involved with a former... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barrie m
5.0 out of 5 stars More Fun Than You Should Be Allowed To Have with Just Your Eyes
Fun, fun, fun. Huge fun. Great fun. As fun as a barrel of stuff that often gets compared with fun.
I don't read a lot of fiction. It's just some stuff somebody made up, right? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Reuben M
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More About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels and legal thrillers when he realized he really didn't like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education and held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. Then, somehow, he became a screenwriter following a series of accidents and coincidences too ridiculous to be believed.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can read excerpts from all Jake Needham's books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' at his web site:

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