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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, UK Ltd (18 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847539645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847539649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Mar. 2008
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Wow. Just got done reading this trip of a novel. I fancied a quick and modern read, but got a lot more than I bargained for with Last Seen in Bangkok. The beauty of this book is that it is written by a lad who's spent some proper time in Thailand, knows the Bangkok scene like the back of his hand, and has brains enough to engineer that experience into a cracking story. The contrasts between grey Bolton/Manchester and lovely turquoise Thailand are deliberately jarring, and the humour inherent in the slang, culture, and fashions of both nations meld into a streetwise romp that you never want to end (I was counting the remaining pages with increasing sadness).
There's dozens of books out there set in working class drug and football culture, and almost every one is loaded with cliches you've heard a million times before. Most authors who attempt this are either too naive to know what they're on about, or else too mired in depravity to be an intellectual and therefore a real writer. Lavin is a real writer, and he has obviously been up to his waist in the stimulant and sex industry both in the UK and the Far East. His constant mastery of word play reminds you why cliches actually emerge in the first place, and the plot twists always seem to catch you unawares. The major miracle for me was how, after a marathon football casual, drug-traveller-rave prostitute extravaganza, I still felt a physical catch in my throat when the story caught up with the protagonist in the end. These are real people with real feelings, but are caught up in life's savage dynamic. Buy this and prepare to be moved, in several directions, a very long way. Excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LangA on 19 Feb. 2011
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For myself who has travelled to Thailand on a number of occasions it would be so easy to dismiss this book, I am glad that I didn't.

Extremelly well written and shows the writter has great skill in observation, intelligence and imagination.

A great read for somebody about to embark on there first trip to Thailand and also for the hardened ex-pat farangs who think they know it all, it will stire the memory of that first trip that they encountered to the land of smiles.

I look forward to Lavin's next novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chuckwoww on 19 Nov. 2008
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Vinny is an ordinary lad from Manchester who gets fed up with Benidorm and decides to go to Thailand. He loves it. The booze is cheap, the people are tolerant there are lots of bars and friendly bar-girls and he soon gets himself a Thai girlfriend. Her name is Jeed and she makes Vinny feel good about himself. The sex is great. Days drift into each other. Decisions take care of themselves. Until the money runs out and Vinny needs to go back to England to work.

It takes a while but after a stint working in the gloom and doom of Manchester Vinny and his drug-dealer mate make it back to Thailand. Bangkok veterans will find it all familiar but there's lots of useful information for first-timers about getting around in Thailand, ordering Thai food, dealing with taxi-drivers, checking into hotels etc.. The best part is when Vinny and Keith do all the usual hotspots, Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy etc. then it's back to good old Pattaya before heading off to Samui to get themselves in real trouble. It all ends very badly indeed.

Lavin has an easy down to earth style, nothing too fancy. The book is very funny in parts. Vinny is an uncomplicated character who comes across as being the victim of his own wants and desires. `Last Seen In Bangkok' is a cautionary tale in a way, full of interesting information that could help a newcomer to Thailand avoid some of Vinny's mistakes. It would certainly make a good read on the plane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Hughes on 11 Sept. 2013
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Last seen in Bangkok is a bit unusual in that after one of the main characters returns to the UK from Thailand in the opening chapter, the first half of the book is based in Bolton - hardly the land of smiles! But it is worth waiting for the second half based mainly in Bangkok and Pattaya. Dominic Lavin is not only a good writer, but really knows the country well. Us old Thai hands can nearly smell the pollution, taste the street food and see those bar girls in Sukumvit Road - brilliant! To be honest,Vinny and Keith are not likely to get much sympathy from most readers, but it is a cracking read with some twists and turns at the end. Highly recommended... Jack Hughes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 April 2013
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very funny read.with having been to thailand numerous times can relate to the story.with vinnie being from bolton and chubby ,all the time i was reading book i kept getting a picture of peter kay into my head,and his mate in book was giving me images of paddy mcguiness.would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Babberling Brook on 1 Feb. 2013
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I absolutely adored this book, having been to Thailand on a number of occassions I could really relate to a lot of it. Couldn't put it down, throughly enjoyed. Bit of an abupt end and slowish start but 95% of the book is fantastic. Whether or not those who haven't been to Thailand would gain as much I doubt but for me really enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By poppy55 on 8 Dec. 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, a definate read for Thai stories, another book aia could'nt put down.....will be definately reading this one again..............
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Lake on 20 July 2012
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I expected Last Seen in Bangkok to be a thriller, and there is an element of that, but it's more the tale of two Bolton lads' odyssey through the fleshpots of Thailand and the lead character's quest to secure his own private version of paradise on earth. Lavin guides us from Bangkok to Bolton and Koh Samui to Kho Pha Ngan in prose that pays documentary-like attention to detail, while the dialogue bristles with more sexual euphemisms than you can shake a stick at, plus some great one-liners, my favourite being, `If you fell in a bucket of s***e you'd come up with a penny in your mouth.' But it's Pattaya, the epicentre of Thailand's sex-tourism trade, that occupies the heart of the book. Lavin's encyclopedic descriptions of the bars, boozing and brasses bring the atmosphere of the resort to unnerving life, and though much of the novel simply depicts the daily drudgery of getting totally hammered then totally something-elsed, there is a strange compulsion to read on. All in all, Lavin's sex saga is a notable addition to the canon of laddish literature.
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