Detective dal nome impronunciabile, Sonchai Jitpleecheep della Polizia Reale Thailandese è quanto di più distante dal tipico investigatore di giallo seriale: è giovane, è figlio di una ex tenutaria di bordello e marito di Chanya, una ex prostituta che studia sociologia; è buddhista, è cinico, o meglio è abituato al cinismo assoluto del suo capo, il colonnello Vikorn. Vikorn, deciso a diventare sindaco di Bangkok, ha bisogno di pubblicità internazionale. Incarica quindi Sonchai di indagare su un traffico di organi umani diffuso a livello globale, e gli fornisce una carta di credito nera senza limiti di spesa... Eccezionale, in Burdett è il tono della narrazione, leggero, incalzante e politicamente scorretto: i suoi personaggi sembrano usciti da un film di Quentin Tarantino, e assicurano al lettore brividi di orrore e momenti di assoluto divertimento.
- ISBN: 8833926494
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 340
”This system carries with it the unspoken implication that once someone has been defined as an ‘object,’ it is automatically assumed to be ‘promiscuous’ in the sense that it may be bought and sold like any other object, even if the object in question is somebody’s kidney or liver--or whole body. Thi Leggi tutto
John Burdett was sitting there uncomfortably. He'd been in these meetings before. He tries his best smile despite his contempt. "I told you, I'm done with the Sonchai Jitpleecheep character. That's it. I've stretched it far enough." "They really want you to write another one, John. It's a popular s
I love the collision of spirituality and worldly corruption in this series featuring Buddhist detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep in the sinful world of modern Bangkok. This 5th in the series is a satisfying addition to the saga. It widens the gyre by getting Sonchai involved in a murder case linked to t Leggi tutto
Annnnd here's where the series disappointed me :( It was if the author had lost the love of the character and the philosophies behind the series, and tried to do different things that kind of fought with the core of what he'd built? I dunno, it just felt like a whole different writer wrote this one. Leggi tutto
I love these Thailand (mostly Bangkok) books by Burdett. Sure, I know he's a farang (he's taught readers we foreigners are called farangs by the Thai), but shows an appreciation of Thai culture that borders on obsession. This is his fifth Bangkok novel, after all. In his novels, Burdett makes fun of Leggi tutto
There's a good story in here somewhere, but overall, this book got on my last nerve. I thought the plotting was sloppy, with subplots and characters seeming to appear and disappear at random, and the protagonist, Sonchai, seemed rather incompetent. Also, the writing abruptly changes from past tense
Sonchai's crooked boss Colonel Vikorn is running for mayor of Bangkok and decides to make a campaign issue out of stopping organ harvesting on the heels of a triple murder in a posh home in Vulture Peak. Sonchai is places in charge of the investigation that takes him to Dubai, Phuket and China as he Leggi tutto
An explosion of 1) the grotesque and 2) male fantasy. The book is about the underground trade in body parts, so naturally you would expect the grotesque. A cooler full of eyeballs seems about right. And it's a popular mystery, so naturally you would expect people saying such tired old saws as, "I do Leggi tutto
John Burdett kind of exploded onto the thriller scene a few years back with his Bangkok 8, and he’s kept the adventures of conscience-ridden detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep flowing ever since. Vulture Peak is the latest installment. Jitleecheep is a fascinating character. He’s half white--G.I. fath Leggi tutto
2.5 stars. I love the characters and the setting for this series, but the books have been getting weirder (and they started off pretty damned weird). Sonchai’s personal life provides some grounding for the wacky yet sinister mystery/crime plots; this time the background is a layer of mistrust betwee Leggi tutto
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