Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett
By the author of Bangkok 8
"John Burdett is purely and simply a wonderful writer, a genuine grown-up at work in a thriller genre mostly populated by arrested adolescents." Washington Post
In District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's crime world, a dramatically mutilated body is found in a hotel bedroom. It looks bad. It gets worse for detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep when the self-confessed murderer is the most successful 'working girl' at The Old Man's Club, a brothel owned jointly by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn. And it gets deadly when Sonchai, in an effort to get at the bizarre truth, is forced to run the gamut of Bangkok's drug-dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, corrupt military generals, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart..
Crowded with astonishing characters, redolent of the authentic, hallucinogenic atmosphere of Bangkok, with needle-sharp observations about the clash of cultures when East meets West, Bangkok Tattoo is a literary thriller like no other.