The official Synopsis:
A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities.
Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
My Two Cents:
Thailand is a truly vibrant country with a very rich and strong culture. The country is a cool mix of colours and is carried by a strong belief system. John Burdett uses this as a setting for the first edition of this series of books.
Since this is the first edition to this growing series (and I havent read the other books as yet) I am willing to accept that the pace was slow so as to set the foundation of the series. As well as create the relevant background that shall be utilized by all the future books.
The book explores the Bangkok way of life and how emotions as well local beliefs play an important role in defining the personalities as well relationships.
The character of Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a very well built and is for sure going to be a strong character that we would want to read more about.
I would definitely be interested in reading the other books of this series too.
Link to Goodreads: Bangkok 8