John Burdett's BANGKOK 8 is an exotic murder mystery wrapped in
what amounts to a detailed and riveting character study of a city
at the intersection of the old world and the new. Burdett's Bangkok
is a place where Thai culture and American culture meet like two
rivers in a great, chaotic swirl.
The title refers to a police district in the teeming city, the
territory of police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Sonchai is the
son of an unidentified American GI and a Bangkok hooker.
As the story opens, Sonchai and Pichai Apiradee, his childhood
friend and police partner, are assigned without explanation