I had this book on my bookshelf for the longest time. My son just happens to be in Thailand on vacation now. I thought it was a great time to get this read.
I'm not sure what to think of this book. The reviews are more negative than positive. I choose to look at the positive. The author never claims to know all about Thailand and makes sure that the readers know that he puts the police in a bad light for the story. Not in real time.
I like the characters Sonchai and Pichai,(who we get to meet for a split second), the cops that can't be bought. Even though mystery and murder were about, there was the feel for spiritual and being a devout Buddhist throughout the story. This side is very interesting what Thais believe in.
In the beginning it was hard for me to get into the story. But as I kept at it, it did get more interesting. Thailand has a bit of everything. The book touched on everything. A lot of what Bangkok is about Red Light District, drug trade to Transsexual.
The biggest is Third World Country vs Western. Thai police working with the West FBI.Character I least liked, Kimberley Jones. If not 1 but a thousand times noting Sonchai and her. Blah! I found out that Bangkok 8 in the middle of book stood for the police district. And it might of been soon that mystery was solved. It was surprising of whodunit and why.
I had some notes that I thought would help to describe this book. But it ends up that really it would take away from story.
I give Bangkok 8 4->
because it was slow to start. Am looking forward to reading the next one in line.