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Private Dancer [Paperback]

Stephen Leather
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Book Description

1 Aug 2008
Pete wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is young, stunning, and a pole dancer. In a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs, and deception, Pete discovers that his own very private dancer is not all she claims to be. Far from being the love of his life, Joy is his own personal nightmare!

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte Ltd (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810539169
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810539160
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 11.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

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Because of all its local wisdom, Private Dancer ought to be made available to every tourist at port entry. --Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

About the Author

Stephen Leather is also the author of 16 thrillers (published by Hodder & Stoughton) that have been translated into more than a dozen languages, including The Tunnel Rats, The Solitary Man and, more recently, Soft Target. Two of his novels, The Bombmaker and The Stretch have been filmed for television in the UK and he has written for TV shows such as London's Burning and the BBC's Murder in Mind. He resides in Dublin, Ireland.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey ,Joe! Me love you long time. 22 Dec 2005
When I was young and single, I fantasized about visiting Bangkok's fleshpot buffet. But, even 11 years in the Navy didn't provide the opportunity as I never made it away from Stateside. Now that I'm older, married, and only marginally wiser, I doubt that my wife would let me go - even if I could imagine conjuring up the energy to carouse once I got there. And there is, of course, the sobering specter of AIDS. But, should any of you young studs embark on the tour, PRIVATE DANCER should be required reading before reaching the airport departure gate.
Pete is a freelance writer hired by a publishing house to edit a new cookery book/travel guide for Thailand. Once ensconced in Bangkok, Pete is introduced to the red-light district by friend Nigel, where Pete meets pole dancer/prostitute Joy in the Zombie Bar. Pete is smitten despite advice from the resident expats that it's best not to get emotionally involved with a bar babe. And despite all the evidence, some provided by a private detective, that Joy is simply using Pete as a cash ATM, that she's married to a Thai man, and that she has sex with other farang (foreign) customers when he's out of town, Pete remains enamored of his PRIVATE DANCER. He desperately wants to believe her excuses, lies, and proclamations of true love - "I love you and have you in my heart only one. Miss you all the time."
Author Stephen Leather takes an interesting approach to the story, telling it alternately from the viewpoints of Pete, Joy, Pete's farang friends and acquaintances (Nigel, Big Ron, Bruce, Jimmy), the private detective Phiraphan, Pete's employer Alistair, and a certain Professor Bruno Mayer, an expert on prostitution in Thailand and cross-cultural relationships between the sex workers and their customers.
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After travelling Thailand, returning back to Blighty and missing Bangkok's musk and mystique, I was handed a copy of Stephen Leather’s ‘Private Dancer.’ This was one of the first Thai-based books I ever read and in my opinion, still the best. It inspired me to write my own book and I did. It’s out on Amazon as you read this!

Written by a successful crime writer, Leather has obviously experienced the seedier side of Thailand for himself or at least, has a very good source.
Action from the get-go, this book hooks you from the first line. I’d heard some sob stories from farangs I‘d met and Leather’s take on what can and still does happen in ‘The Land of Smiles,’ rings very true; perhaps it even serves to educate those horny guys that come to Thailand and leave there brain at the airport!
‘Private Dancer’ captures an unfortunate tale of a travel-writer who falls in love with a beautiful working girl. He sees her dancing in a hostess bar, is instantly drawn to her and later pays her bar-fine and takes her home.
Told perfectly through the eyes of the girls and the guys as they speak in their own voice, their distinct viewpoint gives a believable interpretation of the events as they unfold. Each of their voices adds another layer to a story which, in the end, is that of two young people caught in a conflict of cultures that they really don't understand. A roller-coaster ride leaves you with an ultimate twist at the end and a desire to find the next Stephen Leather tale of Thailand.
Extremely fast paced, ‘PD’ is gripping, funny, sad and un-put-down-able. Each page leaves you wanting more.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too true! 22 Feb 2006
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I bought this book after several days in Bangkok, staying in a hotel bang on Nana Plaza. After hearing some sob stories from the westerners (Farangs) I came across in the bars it rings very true. Anyone who has been to one of the bars feels that the girls only have eyes for them when in fact a high proportion see the men as horny fools. The book captures this perfectly through the eyes of the girls and the guys, a rivetting read which I agree should be read by any man hoping to save any of the Gogo dancers from their life of sleeze. Top marks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading! 23 July 2014
By Barto
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As it says on the book it should be first time reading for every first time visitor to Thailand. Having been many times I can tell you that the author is spot on about the perils that can come with Thailand.
That doesn't mean you can't have a great time in LOS but forewarned is forearmed.
The author has a very good source or has experienced Thailand for himself.
I can read this book time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable 26 May 2014
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Leather obviously knows his stuff ! This book has been well researched, and interestingly written, held my attention throughout Very descriptive
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 May 2014
By Andrew
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Loved the book - Although fiction clearly the stories relate to real life activity. Found a lot of the book funny as some of the stories have happened to friends of mine

Definitely recommend as a good read if your into thailand nightlife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Private Dancer review 22 April 2014
By Jaybee
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Superb book and required reading for visitors to SE Asia.

It gives one the culture of ladies in that part of the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Well researched, very authentic and scary. Those of us who live in Thailand will recognize many truisms of Thai people, without having frequented the 'Go-Go' Bars.
I would have given this book 5 stars but I thought some of the Thai characters showed a particular western way of thinking in some instances.
This I a cracking good yarn, true to life and left me feeling a little uneasy, without knowing why.
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