Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Bangkok 8

It's not often you run across a book that's a complete surprise while being completely enthralling. There are elements that might turn some folks off, I admit, but John Burdett's Bangkok 8 is the most original mystery I have ever read, well-written, human, global, and I was absolutely unable to put it down.


moreena said...

Added to my booklist, thanks! I think I remember reading a review of this book in the New Yorker, but not adding it to the list because it sounded a bit lurid. But I'll take your word that it's worth it. Anyway, I just finished Queen of the South a few weeks ago, so I guess I don't have an anti-lurid leg to stand on.

Mike said...

Oh, it's lurid. But the narrator is a devout Buddhist, and the son of a prostitute, so he's chaste, jaded, and sort of amused by it all at the same time. It's an add combination that really ends up working, but I don't know how he pulls it off.

MJ said...

Hm... I'm intrigued. I'll add it to my list too. Thanks, Mike.