THE BANGKOK ASSETT, by John Burdett
Colonel Vikorn, apparently bought out by the Chinese, directs Sonchai to investigate the girl's murder. It quickly becomes obvious that the blond giant, who has diplomatic immunity so can't be charged for the crime, is a vanguard for a scary new form of humanity. But what does that mean to the detective? Or to Thailand, the PRC, and the USA? The book raises as many questions as it answers. Excellent! Troubling. Exhausting and entertaining. It'd make a fab holiday present for someone who likes to think. As always, the book is told in first person, and the detective is unsparingly candid, with a wry, we've-already-lost sense of humor and voice. It's a challenging 5 (so much of the dialogue is true...you'll see), with a lot of graphic violence, a lot of weird psychology, and a scary take on the direction the world is taking.
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