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Laundry Man Paperback – 15 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814361275
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814361279
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education. Prior to becoming a screenwriter through a series of accidents too ridiculous to be believed, he held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has no intention of telling you about.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Bangkok and New York. You can read excerpts from his books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' with a few insights into the background of his books at his web site: www.JakeNeedham.com.

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About the Author

Jake Needham is the author of four international crime novels, all of which were English-language bestsellers throughout Asia: The Ambassador s Wife, Killing Plato, Laundry Man, and The Big Mango. The Straits Times (Singapore) called him Asia s most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction. Jake has written extensively for film and television, with his motion pictures being distributed by Columbia-TriStar, HBO, Lifetime, the USA Network, Turner Pictures, and Showtime. Needham lives in Bangkok, a continual source of inspiration for his writing.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By c9cREVIEWS on 5 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is the first in the Jack Shepherd series, of which there are currently three titles. Our hero is an American ex-pat living in Bangkok with his artist girlfriend, teaching at a small university, and trying to forge his previous life as a lawyer in the US.

When a dead friend reappears with a beautiful bodyguard everything is about to change. Everyone seems to think he is involved in the disappearance of millions of dollars. Everyone except Jack, who finds that as the days pass he is drawn ever more deeply into a mess that will change his life forever. If he survives.

The book involves some detail about international banking and company structure, but fear not, you will not find yourself drifting off to sleep. The banking is punctuated by action and description that you will find irresistible.

I have found another author to put on my short list of people whose books I will read as soon as I can get my hands on them.

(I reviewed a copy which I purchased.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miki101.Michaela on 13 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
... but a lot of money all around Southeast Asia.

This is the debut of Jack Shepherd, once a big-time lawyer in the U.S. of A., and now a quiet professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
When a former partner in his ex law-firm - presumed long dead as a stone - makes contact, a lot of unpleasant things begin to happen in Thailand's capital and extend to Hong Kong. And our good man Jack is in the middle of this typhoon...

>>A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today's allies are tomorrow's fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.<<

And the protagonists are so real and the places Jake Needham takes Jack - and us with him - are so credible, because the author is a long-time expat who knows his Oriental places firsthand.
A real pleasure to read and a whole bunch of reasons to buy and read the other Jack-Shepherd thrillers KILLING PLATO (A Jack Shepherd crime novel) andA WORLD OF TROUBLE (A Jack Shepherd crime novel), too. A new one has to come out in fall.
Read them - they are worth Your time!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Jake writes this book in first person. It makes the book a bit more personal. Having read the last of the Trilogy, A World of Trouble, I'm getting the feel for the ex-laywer who is now in a relationship with an semi-famous artist in Bangkok. But for all his intentions of living a simple middle class life in an exotic and chaotic city, Jack's curiosity and a sense of justice, is luring him a big game, that no doubt he will reinvent on the fly.

In the jacket of the book, it explains Jack in an almost pathetic light:

Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.
Or is he?
In Jake Needham's bio, which is published in every book, there's a similar parallel :

"Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the public and the private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has no intention of telling you about."
Or will he?

Jake gets the last laugh here. If you want to know what Jake has really been up, just follow the logical world of Jack Shepard who is irresistibly attracted to the dark side in his pursuit of an abstract justice. He is the expert of tracing money laundering and here lies the dilemma of a man who considers himself morally uncorrupt.
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By TC Review on 1 Sept. 2013
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Mickey Spillane meets James Bond with a little Jackie Chan thrown in for good measure. As a debut novel it was a very good read. I particularly enjoyed the descriptive prose and some of the analogies and ironic humour are going to be difficult not to plagiarise!

I did spot a few typos and I think the choice of character names could be improved - especially Arthur Dailey; a name that to an Englishman's eyes could never be taken seriously! But otherwise an excellent book and I hope to be reading more of Jake's work. Well done that man.
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By Robyn Cain on 12 Aug. 2014
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A phone call from a dead, ex colleague, asking our hero to meet, was a good hook. I enjoyed this thriller and the first person p.o.v. worked really well. This is a well rounded novel with a good plot. For me, a good book should always have a nice balance between action, dialogue, descriptions of characters and the places, never forgetting the ‘senses’. All the criteria is met. As well as liking Jack’s ‘voice’, I especially liked the fun way he labelled the ‘suspects’. And lastly, but not least, poor Jello...
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I found this one a bit of a curate's egg. On the plus side I enjoyed the writing and found the descriptions of life in Thailand interesting (the only vaguely off note was the character who is meant to be English but seems to speak more like an Australian).

But what rather let it down for me was the ending and I'm hesitant to say too much about it as anything I say is in danger of being a spoiler. Suffice it to say that I got to end and found myself saying "oh ... is that it?".
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