Sonchai Jitpleecheep -- devout Buddhist, loyal son
to his pimping mother, the only honest cop in Bangkok -- has
a peculiar fondness, but little love, for Western culture.
When a CIA agent is found castrated and skinned -- presumably
by Chanya, one of Jitpleecheep's mother's
best "bar girls"he sniffs at American
flaying...that gratuitous extra, can only come from
a society with a large, wealthy and bored middle class."
assumption in hand, Jitpleecheep sets out to protect his
beloved Chanya and also uncover the truth -- which
gets complicated, fast.
Tattoo is a tight-enough, suspenseful-enough follow-up
to Bangkok 8; taken together, they are the perfect
budding crime-fiction franchise for people who don't
really like crime fiction. With Jitpleecheep's view
of our culture, round-eye Burdett may upset xenophobic
Americans; he may also offend Thais with presumptions
about theirs. Fair enough then.
least he's not churning out third-grade level potboilers.
Dan Brown, anyone?