John Patrick Burdett is a well-established author, who was born on 24 July 1951, in England. There is very little information, concerning John Burdett’s early life. Nonetheless, Burdett can best be described as one of the Best British crime writers in the world. As a reputable and best-selling author, John Burdett is widely known for Bangkok 8, The Godfather of Kathmandu and Bangkok Tattoo. John Burdett’s best-known book series is the Sonchai Jitpleecheep, which has five installments.
Order of Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series
|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|
Sonchai Jitpleecheep Book into Movies
In the year 2011, Sony announced that it was going to adopt four books by author, John Burdett into feature films. All these four novels were installments in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep book series.
Sonchai Jitpleecheep Best Books
Bangkok 8: This book is an excellent introduction to the Sonchai Jitpleecheep book series. It is the first installment in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep book series and author; John Burdett introduces the readers to Sonchai Jitpleecheep and the spiritual, yet corrupt world of Bangkok policing. Part thriller, and part mystery, Bangkok 8 is an exploration of the attitudes of Thai’s towards sex. The protagonist is a Buddhist cop, who plunges himself deeply into a series of dangerous investigations of deaths due to snakebites.
Some of the individuals who unfortunately succumbed to death because of the snakebite include Pichai Apiradee, his partner, and Sgt. William Bradley, who used to serve in the United States Embassy. On several levels, Sonchai Jitpleecheep is an extremely unusual character from the mysteries of his rather violent past to the communications that he has with Pichai Apiradee’s ghost.
Pichai’s ambiguous feelings towards an American FBI Agent, Kimberly Jones, who had been brought in to look into the case, is a reflection of the upbringing that he had of an unknown American father and a Thai mother, who used to work as a call girl. Nonetheless, the protagonist’s Buddhism permeates the narrative. As Sonchai continued with his investigation, it brought him much closer to William Bradley’s companion, Fatima as well as Sylvester Warren, an extremely rich American emerald dealer. Sonchai’s quest for revenge eventually become muddied by the strangeness of the discoveries that he eventually makes.
The amalgamation of street life, drug smuggling and sex trade , in turn, forms an extremely powerful mélange of insight and images. Despite the fact that the last chapter is somewhat anti-climactic, the overall structure of the book is quite solid. Sonchai’s wry humor, dogged determination, and fatalism, renders him one of the most memorable characters in fiction.
With that said, Bangkok 8 has managed to conjure a humane and wonderfully complex Bangkok, a developing city that is overwhelmed by its corruption just like the numerous visitors who are seeking sex and drugs. Nonetheless, what makes Bangkok 8, an extremely wonderful read is the Sonchai’s pitch-perfect narration. Apart from being poignant, Sonchai is also hilarious and a man who is somewhat caught up between tow metaphysical and cultural worlds.
Bangkok Tattoo: Just like the first installment, Bangkok Tattoo is a brilliantly written whodunit. John Burdett’s intuitions into Buddhism, and the manner in which, their discipline impacts the day to day life of the rich and poor is quite mesmerizing. In Bangkok Tattoo, we meet once again with the protagonist, Sonchai Jitpleecheep. The Book begins as his hard-bitten supervisor, Captain Vikram, summons Sonchai to look into the killing of one Mitch Turner, a CIA operative, who had been found mutilated and disembowel. Chanya, an extremely beautiful bar girl, is the main suspect. Sonchai believes he is in love with the bargirl.
When the operative’s killing eventually turns out to be extremely complicated that what was originally believed to be, Sonchai must be able to deal with Chanya’s revealed secrets as well as his boss’s rages, together with the CIA agents who had come to look into the case. In this installment, John Burdett proves his familiarity with Thailand, by presenting a society that is many at times romanticized. The characters that John Burdett has created are unforgettable, the dialogue perfectly pitched and fast-paced while his numerous observations and asides are cutting and extremely fun as well.
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What Is The Next Book in The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series?
There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series. The newest book is The Bangkok Asset and was released on August, 4th 2015.
Updated: November 26, 2017