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 the 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 girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. - is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
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Von translator Am hilfreichsten 26.05.2017
Snakes, sex changes and meditation
To deal with the reading first - pretty good. The story itself takes some perseverance to begin with, but its's worth keeping going. Once you get past the Buddhist flapdoodle (I'm an admirer of Buddhism, but I'm not sure how the teachings of the Buddha fit into a crime novel) and the sociological stuff on the practice of the oldest profession in Thailand, the story and the setting are so unusual that you keep going right until the (ambiguous) end.