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They walk up to it and notice that the doors have been jammed so that those inside cannot escape. Pichai, one of the cops, shoots the python, but when he opens the door to help the marine, dozens of ya ba crystal meth -fuelled cobras bite him. So begins a crime series set in the neon-lit streets of Bangkok.
Sex, money and murder — the unholy trifecta — converge on a landscape that is lit up by horny tourists, jade smugglers and drug-lord monks. The contrasts are evident: monks and prostitutes are both commonplace, Buddhist shrines sit comfortably inside go-go bars, and ghosts come back to haunt the living. His cast of characters is eclectic, each more unusual than the other.
Like most modern detectives in fiction, Sonchai is the odd one out in this Thai universe. Despite serving a corrupt boss in a police force that is mired in graft, he refuses to take bribes, the result of a vow given to a Buddhist abbot. Together with Pichai, he murdered a ya ba dealer in his youth, and their mothers put them in a monastery. Six months after that the abbot told us we were going to mend our karma by becoming cops. Unusually for a crime series, the supernatural sits hand-in-hand with the temporal in these books. Burdett incorporates a Thai predilection for ghosts just as Lady want sex Burdett real life.
Inthe Thai police were brought in to investigate a female phia ghost, in eastern Thailand after requests from local residents.
Sonchai himself is haunted by the ghost of an old flame; in a hallucinatory passage reminiscent of an acid trip, Sonchai has sex with the ghost. Burdett, on the other hand, asks us to consider the sex industry from a different, individualistic perspective. The detective pities Western discomfort with sex work despite partaking of its pleasures.
For Lady want sex Burdett, the West consumes its own fantasies — a running theme through the six books in the series. For him, Bangkok is like most metropolises — a city of dreams — and he realises people will do what it takes to escape chronic poverty. Burdett has little to say about Thai politics and its monarchy, however. The Sonchai novels can be difficult to slot: a British immigrant writing about Thailand from the perspective of a half Thai officer.
At the same time, one cannot argue for the authenticity of the voice. As the novels progress, however, one senses that Burdett falls into his own trap of creating a universe where anything goes.
If the first few books in the series are a phantasmagoria of sex, crime, death and religion, the Lady want sex Burdett stretch the imagination even within this established state of suspended disbelief. The Bangkok Assetin particular, becomes a parody of classified CIA experiments on human soldiers, while in The Godfather of Kathmanduthe tantric sex and telepathy force the reader to wonder what is going on.
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This crime series set in Bangkok’s neon-lit streets brings the city’s lurid side to life