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John Burdett is a best-selling British crime novelist. He famously known for Bangkok 8 and sequels Bangkok Haunts Bangkok Haunts, Vulture Peak and The Godfather of Kathmandu. John was born in London, England, the child of a London policeman. Before writing, he practiced law in Hong Kong, and as of 2007, he divided his time between Bangkok and southwestern France.

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Order of Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series

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1 Bangkok 8 2003 Description / Buy
2 Bangkok Tattoo 2005 Description / Buy
3 Bangkok Haunts 2007 Description / Buy
4 The Godfather of Kathmandu 2009 Description / Buy
5 Vulture Peak 2011 Description / Buy
6 The Bangkok Asset 2015 Description / Buy

Order of John Burdett Standalone Novels

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1 The Last Six Million Seconds 1996 Description / Buy
2 A Personal History Of Thirst 1996 Description / Buy

Order of John Burdett Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Freedom Angel (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Death Effect (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy
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Some of the popular series authored by John Burdett include; The Sonchai Jitpleecheep series and The Last Six Million Seconds.

The Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a set of crime novels set in Bangkok, Thailand. The series consists of six novels which focus on a philosophical Thai Buddhist detective by the name Sonchai Jitpleecheep. The books involve the red lights districts of Bangkok and Thailand sex industry, and sexual content is part of the narrative.

The Last Six Million Seconds is a novel set in Hong Kong during the month of April and may in 1997. The novel features some horrific homicide investigation. Three decapitated heads are found floating in the garbage in the border of the water between China and Hong Kong. They match the DNA profiles found in a case of minced human flesh that had discovered in a deserted in a warehouse. The detective involved in the investigation half Irish Hong Kong half Chinese resident finds himself threatened by both the investigation and the political sides after a vicious plot involving Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) smuggling that could result to war between Britain and China is discovered.


Each published work of John Burdett has been an option for films. However, the multiracial characters and the exotic locations make it difficult for filmmakers to find appropriate screenplays and stars. Bangkok 8 was optioned for adaptation into a movie by the Millennium Films Company which had produced the fourth film in Rambo Series. However, the efforts of the production seem to have been canceled.


These are best two books written by the British bestselling crime author John Burdett. The Last Million Seconds (1997) and Bangkok 8 (2004)

The Last Six Million Seconds: Imagine just six million seconds before the control is passed from British colonial administration to the People’s Republic of China. Picture the puzzled maneuvers between the British secret services and the military men who are destined to rule Hong Kong. Now imagine of gruesome triple homicides that threat to delay the transfer of power and destroy the reputations of in charge of the both sides of the political divide.

This is the reality that strikes Chief Inspector Charlie Chan of the Hong Kong Royal Police when he is assigned to investigate a triple homicide case. In such dark and troubled water, Chan soon finds himself confronting the affluent and most influential whose whims can change the reality. General Xian, the man responsible for the shots in South China, Emily Ping, a woman with a healthy sexual appetite and some mysterious connections, Milton Cuthbert the political adviser and many others. These influential figures and many others such as diplomats, assorted police officials, triad members contribute entirely to this endless maze and unpredictable tale.

The Last Six Million Seconds- the exact time remaining for the British to hand over the Hong Kong is a worthy read from the British author, a retired attorney and a resident of Hong Kong.

Bangkok 8: This book is a razor-edged, sexy, and a darkly hilarious well-woven novel set in one of world’s top exotic cities. Witnessed by a crowd of gaping crowd, a marine sergeant is killed under a Bangkok bridge inside a car. Among the group of witnesses are two officers in the city, however within minutes, one of the cops is killed, and his partner Sonchai- a dedicated Buddhist is bent on unleashing revenge. On a vigilance mission to avenge his partner’s death, Sonchai is reluctantly paired with a sexy FBI agent Jones and in the process captures her heart. In the city fuelled by illegal drugs and corruption, priceless art and prostitution, Sochai mission for revenge take him into the world eviler than he ever imagined.

Bangkok 8 is an excellent debut to Sonchai Jitpleecheep mysteries set in exotic places in Bangkok Thailand and also features so many interesting characters. You will love the relationship that exists between the main character and the FBI agent. It is one of the murder mysteries novels you will ever read, with the interplay between cultures, the Buddhism, American, Thai, and many others.

When Does The Next John Burdett book come out?

John Burdett doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Death Effect and was released on April, 17th 2017. It is the newest book in the John Burdett Short Stories/Novellas.

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