: Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) (): John Burdett: Books. 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. 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.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Bangkok 8 by John Burdett. 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 joh 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 vurdett and a long-gone Vietnam War G.

Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bangkok 8please sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 01, Kdeuxoxo rated it did not like it Recommends it for: If you want a glimpse to the real Thai, this is not the book you’re looking for.

Before I get to the part when I express my deep hatred for the book, I feel more than delighted to point out certain false facts that Burdett includes in Bangkok 8. I’m Thai and was born into a Buddhist family. Below is the explaintaion Pretentious. Below burdegt the explaintaion from my babgkok knowledge of my own culture and religious, which is intended to be clear of any patriotic or egocentric comments.

I rather dare say that I might even be sacarstic about my own country. I was raised and educated in a very Westernized society after all.

Any ambiguity caused by confusing and inadequate English skills is totally on me. My mother tounge is Thai. You can simply ask me if anything is unclear to you.

An Arhant is an ancient term used for monks who archieve the higest spiritual knowledge possible for jonh monks to acquire when alive. The higher form is Sodaban, which the Buddha was before he went into nirvana. This concept of an Arhant is simply very banhkok. Arhants live only in the era when the Buddha live as it is required that such noble people will be born only in the lifetime of the Budhha. No monk in this modern society context can archieve Arhant even if he spent his whole life meditating, let alone being an Arhant cop, the concept which totally fucked up my head.

This is not johm a Thai mindset, my friends, Burdett made this up on his own accord. The nature of choosing between becoming a monk or a cop Even if I give in to Burdett that, okay, you can have an Arhant in this bankok, it is still very unlikely bangkk a Thai mindset vurdett abandon your robe and become a cop.


If you’re really an Arhant, meaning that you’re super religiouos, banvkok remain a monk. We Thais are sabai-sabai meaning we’re chill at all timesso trust me any man in his right mind would not trade his monkhood for a lowly-paid cop work.

How can one refuse the simplicity life consisting of bang,ok praying, relatively no work, full stomach, and respect from all hard-headed believers? Burdett can have his facts checked by any air-head Thais but he did not.

Why does this not surprise me? The emphasis on the surname The name “Sonshai” basically has no significant meaning, which is very weird, as in Thai context, the first name is what identifies a person as an individual.

Johm is very crafty in choosing the surname “Chit-plee-cheap” as it means “the mind banvkok can sacrifice his own life. This is such a Western mindset in putting more emphasis on the surname. I’m well aware that certain family names in Thailand have their significances, for examples, those noble families whose surnames were given by the King or the member of the royal family.

But let’s face it. Sonchai’s mother, Nong, is a whore who comes from Petchabun. How can her surname be given by the royal family or be as significant? Okay, okay, I know even among us Thais, there are still some buredtt who believe in this concept. But if this supertitious talent can really be achieved, one can only has a peek into HIS own past lives.

You cannot sneak into anybody else’s. In the Supernatural season 8? And how can Pichai, who is supposed to be an Arhat, get hold of Warren’s body? If he’s an Arhat, it’s likely that he’s on buurdett way to nirvana. He wouldn’t be hanging around playing homeless spirit. I don’t understand this one bit even though Burdett claims that only illogical Thais like me can understand the phenomena If she’s not dead yet, how can she, who should be in a spirit form, possess Warren?

The name of a Thai cigarett brand mentioned in the book should be spelled as “Krong Thip,” not “Krung Thip” which Burdett tried to stylized it to be very close to “Krung Thep. Burdett seems to claim that his fellow Westerners got bored of the red light districts after just a few visits but a whore like Sonchai’s mother will never get bored of this flasgy lifestyle even after she has retired for years.

Why burdety sexist, Burdett? I’m not even mentioning racism. A protagonist with so much contradictions in himself? He’s an Arhat but he’s also a cop. He won’t accpet bribe but he bribes others? A half-blood whose identity can’t be settled even after 32 years living mostly in Thailand? He still has identity issue? And what is it about brandname clothing and perfume fetishes?

Stating the obvious

And he fears that if he sleeps with Jones, he’ll become a prostitute? And his deep love for Colonel Vikorn? There is no such concept in Thai context. The way the characters always mention how Banglok they are or how Thai they think.

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Do you Westerners pause in a middle of a conversation to reflect, “Ah, that’s so Western of me! The way the characters mention Buddha with everything. This sounds more like “May God bless him. All in all, this book is extremly pretentious.

Bangkok Eight (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1) by John Burdett

Please read it with an open mind. Don’t trust Burdett too much. He doesn’t have the authority to write this book at all. In certain aspects, though, I admit that he’s quite knowledgable.

For burdet, he knows the steets in Thailand. Like what he talks about Soi Sukhumvit is true. It really is a Butdett community. And the Supalai complex really is in Soi Sukhumvit 39, toward the end that connects with Petchaburi road. I know some comments might be tainted with my hatred for this book and for Mr Burdett himself. I will be back to re-write this when I’m a bit less enraged. But facts are facts. Burdett can’t twist it whatever way he likes. With my deepest sincerity. View all 10 comments.

Mar 06, RandomAnthony rated it liked it Shelves: Bangkok 8 reads like the bastard offspring burdeett a yaa baa-fueled brainstorming session between James Ellroy, Elmore Banykok, and a Buddhist monk gathered around a manual typewriter in a South Asian bar with slowly rotating ceiling fans in the late afternoon, about four hours before the impossibly beautiful whores who may or may not be women come out for karaoke and transaction.

No wonder James Ellroy praises the novel; this is his kind of thing. View all 4 comments. Jan 27, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: There’s nothing better than being in a foreign country and reading a book SET in that country to live the flavor of both worlds more fully. The cast is full of dirty and corrupt people you kind of fall in love with. ubrdett

It’s violent and graphic and edgy and just really really fun. The first book has a great mystery with a HUGELY crazy payoff a specialty of this author as you get into the series and it’s a page turner, so be warned. It definitely starts out bkrdett, and there are long parts of Buddhist philosophy that might make the average mystery reader impatient, but that’s kind of WHY I liked it.

I thought about things I’d never thought about before, because of the book. The whole issue of prostitution in this series is a HUGE part of it, and a bit offputting a bit, because it’s couched in a way that it’s “liberating” for a lot of these women.

It’s a controversial and debatable burdeft, but the world view of the book did make me think about the issue more than I ever have and that’s cool, when a book can do that to you.

Highly recc this book and the next two in the series. But I’d urge you to try it out, and maybe travel there yourself later ;