Long-term Bangkok resident and former New Orleans cop Bob Turtledove has the knack of getting people out of difficult situations.
So when a young man from Utah goes missing in Bangkok, his parents are soon knocking on Bob’s door asking for help.
But what starts out as a simple missing person case takes a deadly turn as Bangkok Bob’s search for the missing Mormon brings him up against Russian gangsters, hired killers, corrupt cops and kickboxing thugs.
And he learns that even in the Land of Smiles, people can have murder on their minds.
Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers and is published in more than twenty languages. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series, and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were turned into movies.
Good, not great
Perhaps I am unfairly rating this book as a person who understands Thailand and its idiosyncrasies- therefore the ‘spoon feeding’ of little snippets of language and facts were superfluous (for me).
That said, I did enjoy the character building of
Bob and I would hope for a Bangkok Bob series to be built on this preliminary novel.
For me (and I’m in no way a quick reader) this book was far too short; after a 3 hour plane trip and a short lay by the pool I was finished, although I must say I wanted more.
The overwhelming feeling that I am left with is to give a massive ‘thumbs down’ to whoever (or ‘whatever‘) proof read this novel, I do not recall ever coming across so many contextual, grammatical, syntax, or indeed the myriad of other errors; in any book that I have ever read: sHame onyou !
It is honestly a point of great distress for a lover of our rich and beautiful language that such a huge number of mistakes can accompany a book all the way to print. I firmly doubt that the original transcript held anywhere near as many.
Please do better and we will keep buying your produce.
Bancock Bob and the missing Mormon
Quite a good and amusing story.... Loads of typing errors though