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Philippe Manche (le Soir)

6/7 April 13, de Page 37
John Burdett, le sage

On aime beaucoup cet écrivain anglais révélé par Bangkok 8 et ses suites. On aime surtout John Burdett pour avoir donné naissance à Sonchaï Jitpleecheep, flic thaï né de l’union d’une prostituée et d’un Américain. «J’ai compris, une fois installe à Bangkok, que beaucoup d’enfants sont nés de père américain et de mère thaïe», explique cet alerte gaillard de 6l ans rencontre le week-end dernier à Lyon, au festival Quai du polar. « Certains ont des pères blacks, ça donne un drôle de mélange. Le plus intéressant, avec un personage comme Sonchaï, c’est qu’il a deux modes de pensée. L’une occidentale et l’autre orientale. Ce que je suis aussi. D’un côté, je ne peux pas me passer d’Internet, c’est tellement pratique pour faire des recherches pour mes Uvres. J’ai aussi une dimension plus spirituelle. Le bouddhisme est la seule religion qui me convienne parce que tu réalises combien, nous les Occidentaux, sommes rongés par l’impatience. Avec le bouddhisme, tu trouves une balance qui t’équilibre. » Continue Reading…


Jonathan Yardley (Washington Post) – Vulture Peak

Original Article

Here we have the fifth of John Burdett’s “Bangkok novels,” all of them featuring the philosophical Buddhist police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep and all of them redolent — in the most enjoyable way — of crime, violence, corruption and sex, not necessarily in that order. “Vulture Peak” upholds the high standards set by its predecessors. Readers who know the first four novels will be delighted to have a fifth, and others coming to Burdett’s Bangkok for the first time will quickly find themselves in a place that may seem mysteriously alien but positively teems with humanity.
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A.J. Kirby (New York Journal of Books) – Vulture Peak

“Vulture Peak is a modern morality tale with all the requisite bells and whistles and much more: a salutary warning for the Internet age. ‘It’s a beautiful, global world, so long as you keep your eyes shut.’”

“In the morning I woke to feel the world on my shoulders, which is where it normally sits. I know there are other cops all over the planet who feel the same way. The steady accumulation of human dirt—let’s call it evil—makes it a little harder, day by day, to find the light.”

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Reviewer A. J. Kirby is the author of Bully and The Magpie Trap and is an award-winning short-story writer.


Material Witness – The Godfather of Kathmandu

Material Witness website

This is the first of John Burdett’s novels I have read, and to be honest it made me wonder what the hell I’ve been doing with my life. It is electric, dazzling, sensational – the literary equivalent of mind-altering pharmaceuticals, the trade of which, incidentally, are at the heart of a bewilderingly thrilling plot. Continue Reading…


Liffeyside Blog (Letters from Dublin) – The Godfather of Kathmandu

Liffeyside website

An American film producer on vacation in Thailand is found dead in a seedy hotel in Bangkok. Detectives Sukum and Sonchai Jitpleecheep, affable hero of the novel, of the Royal Thai police force are sent to investigate. From glancing around the room Sonchai is able to correctly deduce the manner in which the American was murdered. Sukum is awed by Sonji’s powers. Continue Reading…