Vulture Peak

Vulture Peak

Book - 2012
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Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact--more or less--despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city--and himself--will be a mere starting point.
 
He's put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand--an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs. He sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical, albeit gorgeous co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it's closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey: rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough--forget Buddha, think jealous husband--to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world?  
 
All will be revealed here, in John Burdett's most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307272676
0307272672
Branch Call Number: FIC BURDE

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StarGladiator
Mar 10, 2013

Truly an incredible read for all those who favor John le Carre, Graham Greene, or Thomas Perry ("Metzger's Dog"). Mr. Burdett really has guanxi when it comes to global finance and Asian economics, and so forth! And a tremendous mystery novel and primer for anyone unfamiliar with the labrynthine and bizantine politics of Thailand (some of the most complex in existence); with a topical and future subject: international organ harvesting and trafficking.

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maipenrai
Feb 24, 2013

** Stars. I have enjoyed this series for years because the protagonist is a Bangkok policeman and I lived and studied in Thailand. Yes, I was a farang. It's fun to understand the "inside" humor. This particular edition was my least favorite of the series. It deals with an international human organ selling conspiracy. Still enjoy the main characters and recommend the series, if not this particular book. Again if you are interested in the adventures of Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep start with "Bangkok 8".

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JLMason
Apr 08, 2012

The first two books in this series were such a joy: so fresh and delightful. Sonchai's naive narrative with its Buddhist slant provided an unusual Asian perspective to his police work in the seamy side of life in Bangkok. But there has been a steady decline since then in books three and four and now this one, the fifth, is feeling a bit tired and Sonchai is becoming too cynical. I think it's time for Sonchai to retire.

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