Bangkok Tattoo

Bangkok Tattoo

John Burdett / Feb 28, 2020

Bangkok Tattoo Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller A farang a foreigner has been murdered his body horribly mutilated at the Bangkok

  • Title: Bangkok Tattoo
  • Author: John Burdett
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.A farang a foreigner has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co owned by Sonchai s mother and his boss The dead man was a CIA agent To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet natured Chanya, the brothel s top earnerDetective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.A farang a foreigner has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co owned by Sonchai s mother and his boss The dead man was a CIA agent To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet natured Chanya, the brothel s top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison How can he engage in a cover up without endangering his karma And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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      • John Burdett

        John Burdett is a novelist and former lawyer He was born in England and worked in Hong Kong he now lives in Thailand and France.


    1. Who reads a novel to be hectored? Especially a detective novel. There may be a masochistic few who actually enjoy being addressed as farang (Thai for “foreigner”) and then repeatedly lectured on the colossal failure that is Western civilization. But why take it from a $24 book when the rest of the world is happy to do it for free?Read my full review here: bit/2eb8Shh

    2. Once again I seem to be at odds with my co-reviewers; a glitch in my own system, I'm sure.When I started this book, I hoped it would be as good as Burdett's first.But as it progressed, I discovered that it was far more than an excellent whodunit. Burdett's insights into Buddhism and the way the discipline impacts the daily lives of the small and the great in Thai society I found little short of mesmerizing. For that alone I shall re-read it slowly and make notes, so that I can better hold my gro [...]

    3. The second in this really fun series. I think it's better edited/written than the first, and the main character's conflict between his Buddhist karma and the pressures of corruption inherent in his job are really fun/strong. Again, crazy plots that go to even crazier town. It's like a Tarantino movie, this series. But worth it. Violent and definitely has trigger issues in it for women, so be warned if you have issues in that area.

    4. John Burdett seems to have stumbled onto an excellent premise when he combines the conventions of hard-boiled crime novels with the exotic Thai locales and Buddhist philosophy in Bangkok Tattoo and, presumably, the other books in the series. Why do these elements, not a set which I would naturally connect, blend so well? Think about it this way:• The classic crime novel main character is a weathered, capable crime-solver. He’s (I’m sticking with “he” here, don’t yell at me) a loner w [...]

    5. This is really a very good book, and the best of the Sonchai Jitpleecheep mysteries I've read so far (although I read Godfather of Kathmandu first, and so didn't quite understand the backstory then -- I would definitely recommend you read them in order, and after the next one I'll probably reread Godfather). And so I really hate to be picky, butBurdett is so close to greatness here -- he has an excellent voice in Sonchai, he reallyknows Bangkok, and he's a very strong storyteller and plotter. Bu [...]

    6. This is the second in John Burdett's series about a hard-boiled Buddhist Thai detective. These books are exciting and funny and educational. Mr. Burdett, speaking as Sanjeep, takes any opportunity to teach the reader about the foods and customs of Thailand and about Buddhist practice and philosophy. Even more challenging, for me, is that all these books take on the sex trade industry head-on. They've actually caused me to revise my myopic view that sex work is a necessary evil, and to admit to m [...]

    7. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I felt like in this book the Sonchai became less appealing to me. More human then on the verge of becoming an enlightened person (this is personal preference ) I found myself lost in the Japanese aspects of it ( again my own fault ) and couldn't wait to just finish the last page so I could say I read it all. Not as intriguing as the first book and yes I got tired of being "heckled" because I'm a farang. I live in Thailand and I already am jaded by [...]

    8. I see some people are upset as being referred to as 'farang', not sure why. Must be the American entitlement lol. Anyhoo, this is the first book I have read by this author. It was passed on to me by a co-worker. It was a slow read at first, but I kept reading it because I really wanted to know what happened. The book gave me a new insight into the world of prosititution. I, like the Americans the narrator refers to, always thought of prostitution and brothels in Asia to be like the documentaries [...]

    9. Sonchai Jipleecheep is at it again. When reading this book, one is not dipped, but steeped into Thailand. Detective S.J. is just as compelling as in Bangkok 8, but since this is the second book I've read in this series, I realized I missed so much in the first one. Enough to re-read it. This book is hilarious. So much dry humor that I know I missed in the other book because I was so involved with trying to understand the culture and the main character.

    10. Great read! This high octane thriller is set in the Bangkok sex trade district. The half-Thai/half-American who has never met his GI dad narrates the storyline peppering it with references to his devout Buddhism. There's a serial killer on the loose and he's taking a very unique souvenir from his vics, but the plot is really well imagined. It will keep you guessing until the last twenty pages. Highly recommended if you like spy novels or depraved mysteries.

    11. I was really looking forward to John Burdett's follow up to the entertaining Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, and while I enjoyed it, it had some serious flaws. I guess I was pretty satisfied until 3/4 of the way through, when his plots started to wear thin. This might also be where the sneering anti-west/American attitude of Sonchai Jitleecheep started to grate on me. I don't remember this condescending tone in the first novel, which seems somewhat self-hating since Sonchai is half "farang" himself, [...]

    12. This second installment in the adventures of Sonchai Jitpleecheep, half-caste former-monk-now-Thai-cop, is both more straight-ahead and weirder than Bangkok 8. It’s not quite as phantasmagoric as the first – Our Hero manages to keep his asides from straying too far afield – but it introduces even stranger creatures into the zoo that is Bangkok’s seamy side. In this case, these creatures include CIA agents with various kinks, Moslems from southern Thailand, yakuza, rogue tattoo artists, a [...]

    13. Even when I read the first one after just returning for a term teaching in Thailand, I felt it presumptuous of the author to address readers as 'farang' when he is a foreigner himself, writing as a Thai man. This rubs me the wrong way. The lecturing of the narrator, Thai detective written by a Western white man, gets to be a bit too much at times. Maybe it is because I have also spent time there that I feel annoyed at this aspect. Originally I had no intention of reading any of these books after [...]

    14. I did not like Bangkok Tattoo as much as the first in the series, Bangkok 8. Sonchai is the same- a loner Buddhist cop who tends toward philosophical ruminations, but now he's also part owner of a brothel, along with his boss and his mom. The atmosphere's the same- the seedy side of an exotic city, but we do have the addition of Muslims and the mob. And Sonchai has a new partner, a transgender young man who wants to be a dancer of some kind.The plot was interesting, if a bit meandering. The kill [...]

    15. for some reason i was really annoyed by this book. I enjoyed the first book, but this one disappointed me. Even more than the first book, it felt like John Burdett was speaking through the main character in a really weird, orientalist way. It's like this white dude pretending to be a thai native, preaching the glories of asia and the depravities of the west and talking about how happy everyone is in thailand, especially the women who work in the red light district. The only problem is, he's a we [...]

    16. I started this book after I finished Bangkok 8; I am not likely to finish it. The writing is not good enough to justify all the viagra being flung about and the disdain for "farang"(this word is used at least 5 times on every page) Americans not understanding Thai food, prostitution, religion, politics, transportation, or much anything else. In fact, I'm beginning to think that these murder mysteries are more of a vehicle to show how naive and coarse Americans are. Maybe I would connect to it mo [...]

    17. I liked this a bit less than Bangkok 8, mostly because I got tired of being called farang (the Thai equivalent of "gringo"). Still a good story, though.

    18. A terrific read, and a page turner. Bangkok Tattoo is shorter than Bangkok 8, but benefits by more succinct writing. Burdett has eased up on the supernaturalism (though not entirely) and gets the Buddhist theology a little better, which makes for a more enjoyable read. The narrative voice (addressing the reader as “farang,” Thai for “foreigner”) gives an intimate feel.

    19. RATING: 4.5PROTAGONIST: Detec. Sonchai JitplecheepSETTING: ThailandSERIES: # 2 of 2What a treat to find such an engaging group of characters in such a well-detailed setting between the pages of a book! Having missed the debut novel of the series, BANGKOK 8, I was delighted to be introduced to royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitplecheep; his incredibly innovative boss, Police Colonel Vikorn; his mother, Nong, who is part owner of the Old Man's Club (or "house of ill repute"), the young man, L [...]

    20. Book 2 in the Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep mystery series This sequel to "Bangkok 8" has all the elements necessary to take the readers on a precarious ride through the sweltering hot and sticky streets that form the flamboyant underbelly of one of Asia's most lively cities. Bangkok. The mystery is told in the riveting voice of detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a product of mixed parentage with Buddhist beliefs, a good cop by day and a papasan in the family brothel by night. The story opens with [...]

    21. For me, Bangkok Tattoo was a book of two halves. The first half was interesting and entertaining, immersing the reader in the sights and sounds of the seedier side of Bangkok. The story raced along and had plenty of intrigue and twists and turns. In the second half the story unravelled and lost focus and direction. The main plotline of the first half petered out and another thread came to dominate, and the story resorted more and more to show rather than tell, and less and less plausible. The en [...]

    22. Burdett is a great wordsmith ; and taking on a 'hero' - Sonchai, who is a Thai detective is a bold step. I doubt even a Thai writer could fully understand the epistemology of a middle class Thai detective who apparently deals comfortably with those from elite superintendants to lowly bar girls. Burdett makes a fair fist of it ; but especially to those who have spent rather more time than he in outback Thailand, and perhaps understand the culture and language of the Kingdom a little better, there [...]

    23. I immediately started this book following finishing Bangkok 8, which I found just short of brilliant. I'm sure Bangkok Tattoo is great, but at this point I cannot finish reading the book at this time. The narrative style of Bangkok Tattoo, while still first person like Bangkok 8, now constantly breaches the 4th wall, and is so jarringly different from the first book I cannot right now. Yes, I will continue reading at some point, but I need some time apart from detective Sonchai. The strangest pa [...]

    24. I seem to be cursed in a peculiar way. When I was younger, whenever I read a book and liked it, I would immediately read all the other books by the same author. And I always liked them, as far as I remember, which is why I kept doing it.Now whenever I read a book and like it and immediately read another book by the same author, it is disappointing. I don't know how this keeps happening. How am I accidentally always reading the author's best book? Does this mean that when I read a book and DON'T [...]

    25. I finished Bangkok 8 last week and loved it so much, I immediately went out and got Bangkok Tattoo. I did read the reviews on here before starting though, and was warned in advance that the whole "farang" kind of talking-down-to business was quickly tiresome, but I thought that people were probably exaggerating.Within the first 10 pages, I completely agreed. I kept on, however, on the strength of Bangkok 8. This second book was also really good. Not as great as the first, but still really good. [...]

    26. Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is back in the second book of the series to investigate the grisly murder of a CIA operative. Wrapped up in all of this is a hooker named Chanya, a Thai army general who is feuding with Sonchai’s superior officer, Captain Vikorn, Muslim fundamentalists, the Yakuza and a Japanese tattoo artist. I enjoyed the cadence of the book and following Sonchai around Thailand.

    27. Imaginative story and a page turner. It really shows the difference between Thai and American cultures and to some extent between the East and the West.

    28. This book is probably as gruesome as anything I have ever read. I am not into horror. Despite that it is a pretty good book.

    29. Rather enjoyed it - well written, light and amusing in places. Would have given a 3.7 if there was a more sophisticated rating system available

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