The Godfather of Kathmandu

The Godfather of Kathmandu

Book - 2010
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Sonchai Jitpleecheep-- John Burdett's inimitable Royal Thai Police detective with the hard-bitten demeanor and the Buddhist soul-- is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Solving the murder could mean a promotion, but Sonchai, reeling from a personal tragedy, is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who has become his guru. There are, however, obstacles in Sonchai's path to nirvana. Police Colonel Vikorn has just named Sonchai his consigliere (he's been studying The Godfather on DVD): to troubleshoot, babysit, defuse, procure, reconnoiter-- do whatever needs to be done in Vikorn's ongoing battle with Army General Zinna for control of Bangkok's network of illegal enterprises. And though Tietsin is enlightened and (eerily) charismatic, he also has forty million dollars' worth of heroin for sale. If Sonchai truly wants to be an initiate into Tietsin's "apocalyptic Buddhism," he has to pull off a deal that will bring Vikorn and Zinna to the same side of the table. Further complicating the challenge is Tara: a Tantric practitioner who captivates Sonchai with her remarkable otherworldly techniques. Here is Sonchai put to the extreme test--as a cop, as a Buddhist, as an impossibly earthbound man--in John Burdett's most wildly inventive, darkly comic, and wickedly entertaining novel yet.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307263193
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jul 18, 2011

another great read by John Burdett, and another mysterious mystery solved by Det. Sonchai Jitpleecheep [trying spelling *that* three times fast! ]
The only thing I didn't like was that there was too much 'blah blah blah' about food. I don't care about the food, I want to know about the people, places and questions. The food doesn't really even need to be mentioned. I think it was just filling up space.

Dec 25, 2010

Not quite as darkly funny as the first three books. It starts slowly but the final third of book captures the same energy and Thai cop cynicism and observation a la Buddha that characterizes the other books in the series. Still worth a read.


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