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John Burdett's famed Royal Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep confronts the most shocking crime of his career and is put to the test both as a Buddhist and as a cop in this riveting tale.
Sonchai’s Jitpleecheep’s boss, Colonel Vikorn, has decided to make Sonchai his consigliere in a heroin smuggling operation. Vikorn’s connection is a man named Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu, who wants to use the profits from the deal to invade China. Sonchai travels to meet Tietsin, and, still reeling from personal tragedy, falls under the sway of this dark and charismatic guru. To complicate matters, a rich American film director has been murdered. It is a shocking and intriguing case, and solving it could lead to a promotion for Sonchai, but, as always, he is for more concerned with the state of his Karma than he is with his status in the earthly realm.
"Burdett's fever-dream mysteries recast the police procedural as psychedelic peep show." —The New Yorker
"John Burdett is writing the most exciting set of crime novels in the world." —Portland Oregonian
"Godfather is written with Burdett's characteristic zest, serving up pungent slices of Bangkok's bazaars and waterways." —Boston Globe
"[A] Thai tale of corruption, mayhem and intrigue." —San Francisco Chronicle
“It is the mordant wit of his exhaustively observant ‘monk manqué’ hero that fuels this blissful and dexterous book.” —Houston Chronicle
“This is a novel brimming with observations and arguments, with absurdity and jokes . . . Witty, learned, and wild.” —Washington Post Book World
“The spiciest yet of Burdett’s exotic dishes.” —The Times (London)
“Burdett’s latest mystery is delightfully ambiguous, like life itself.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Block out several hours to read it in one sitting. Once you start, you won’t get anything else done until you finish it.” —Bookpage (Mystery of the Month)
“A dizzying array of multifaceted storylines. . . . Burdett juggles the various plots with great dexterity . . . A whirlwind of a novel.” —Booklist (starred)
“A blissfully nutty caper that brings back fond memories of the late lamented Ross Thomas’s crazy-quilt crime fiction. . . . Distinguishing crooks from good guys is only one of the pleasures [here] . . . Sonchai’s wry narrative voice (think: exotic Philip Marlowe) keeps us hooked.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred)