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Bangkok Noir [Kindle Edition]

Dean Barrett , Alex Kerr , Timothy Hallinan , Eric Stone , Collin Piprell , Colin Cotterill , Pico Iyer , John Burdett , Stephen Leather , Christopher G. Moore
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Bangkok is one of the great cities in the world, but unlike other great metropolises it has no noir tales to its name. Bangkok Noir puts that to right.
In this first ever noir anthology of Bangkok, twelve seasoned and internationally known—Thai and Western—writers have come together to make a powerful collection of crime fiction short stories that portray the dark side of this Asian metropolis where the lives of most citizens seem as far away from heaven as its Thai name Krungthep is distant from its meaning—City of Angels.

In Bangkok Noir, the twelve short stories of various shades of black involve gangsters and hitmen, love and betrayal, the supernatural, the possessed and the dispossessed, and the far distant future. Titles in this collection include: John Burdett’s Gone East, Stephen Leather’s Inspector Zhang and the Dead Thai Gangster, Tew Bunnag’s The Mistress Wants Her Freedom, Colin Cotterill’s Halfhead, Pico Iyer’s Thousand and One Nights, Vasit Dejkunjorn's The Sword, Alex Kerr's Daylight, Timothy Hallinan's Hansum Man, Eric Stone's The Lunch That Got Away, Dean Barrett's Death of a Legend, Collin Piprell's Hot Enough to Kill, and Christopher G. Moore’s Dolphin Inc.

The authors and publisher will donate half of their earnings from this book to selected charity organizations which provide education to needy children in Thailand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Heaven Lake Press (17 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6RX1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Although the title and the opening essay in this book talk about the bleakly deep meaning of pure 'noir' fiction (in which there is no escape from the ultimate awfulness of everything: no happy ending, no light at the end of the tunnel), few of the short stories in this interesting collection are actually noir. Most are straightforward mystery tales set against the background of modern Bangkok - and I enjoyed the majority of them very much.

All of the authors are familiar with Thailand, and all the stories are imbued with an atmosphere of eastern culture and exoticism, which can turn from intriguing to threatening at the tip of a hat. I've read some city-themed noir collections where the writers are fairly lazy about the significance of the actual place and its people - those generic stories could almost have been placed anywhere. Not so with 'Bangkok Noir', which captures a pleasingly authentic far eastern ambience.
Some of the stories have almost no mystery at all, and a straightforward morality tales (like the opening Gone East by John Burdett). Meanwhile, Stephen Leather's regular detective, Inspector Zhang, has to solve a tradition locked room mystery, worthy of Holmes or Poirot, in a jumbo jet. Halfhead, by Colin Cotterill, combines the supernatural and spiritual worlds with a genuine noir ending, while Hansum Man by Timothy Hallinan explores the worst that can happen when you seek your lost love on forgotten backstreet. Perhaps the only story in this collection which I didn't really enjoy was the final one in the book, which is a very straightforward narrative, soaked in description but lacking a compelling plot.

Overall, then, a thoroughly enjoyable compilation of entertaining and thought-provoking short stories.
8/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of Bangkok 14 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I didn't know some of these authors, what a feast of brilliant story telling was in store for me with this anthology of twelve tales.
If you like to read about the darker side of big city life you will be captivated by this book.
This Bangkok anthology of 12 stories has killers,transsexuals.ghosts,crooked cops and lawyers,gangsters and much much more........
Besides being a riveting reading experience it has opened up the names of new authors for me to explore.
The authors and publishers are also donating half of their earnings from this book to selected charity organizations which provide education to needy children in Thailand.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bangkok Noir by Dean Barrett. 11 Jun 2012
By Big Al
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Fast-paced, violent and very clever if a bit implausible. Well written and difficult to put down once started. Great holiday reading.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some really good stories and a couple average 24 Mar 2013
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Short storeis for by the pool by some of my favourite authors, well worth the money and effort to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Still not arrived 12 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Still not arrived as yet, hopefully it will turn up pretty soon. Just ordered another two boos. I hope they are here in time.
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