- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 510 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Publisher: Bangkok Ink (5 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BB2RLPI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #279,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Rarely the "rules" that rule this wonderful, awesome, brutal metro-jungle have been so accurately described as in this thriller.
Carl Engel, 50 years going on 30, a slight belly, a bit above medium height, dark hair peppered with grey, pale blue eyes that have seen the best and the worst of people - mostly the worst. Working as one of the illegal Private Eyes Bangkok has to offer, in thirty years he has seen a lot of customers come and go. Dead or alive...
In this period Bangkok - who wasn't (officially) famous for serial killers, now has one. They call him the Bangkok Angel Killer, because he likes his victims young and female. And to make things worse - there has been a coup d'état very recently and the floods are filling the streets with murky knee-deep water.
Carl's office is the Sukhumvit Grande Hotel because his clients are a lot more impressed by him receiving VIP treatment in this 5-star-hotel than any office could provide.
So one Victor Inman - looking like an 'oversized clown', but with a Rolex and a diamond pinkie ring - makes contact with Carl, to look for his long disappeared brother, accused in the USA in 1992 of being a serial killer. Method: exactly like the Bangkok serials. Big money is payed, more is waiting, so Carl immerses himself in the more than muddy waters where old Vietnam pals, the CIA and a Thai General have founded a brotherhood no one dares to disturb.
But Carl is Carl and he has his own allies, working with the most modern methods on the market. So - at a certain point - it's showtime!
I have read this book in four hours without any interruption - I was simply so captivated! The plot initially seems simple, but there are twists and turns and surprises the best thrillers on the market - maybe - may contain.
I am already waiting for the next book Harlan Wolff will publish!
Read this, folks - it's worth Your while!
The detail is excellent, the PI, Carl is also intriguing. He speaks Thai after living in the town for several decades, has a network of people he does business with, and knows those Bangkok rules. Shame he doesn't follow them for his latest job however, and ends up on the wrong side of some very dangerous, ruthless men. His life suddenly hangs in the balance unless he can work out a way to save his skin, expose the serial murderer, and help those at the top save face.
The thrilling conclusion to the story is full of suspense with quite a few surprises. The writing is snappy, the characters well drawn. Carl is a likeable old rogue, and is friends with an amusing selection of Bangkok's drunken expat population. Not everyone is what he seems though...
I was pleasantly surprised, impressed and entertained by this novel. Mr Wolff has an enjoyable writing style that does not dip too much into narrative detail about location nor use overlong exposition. As a reader he gave me just enough information to get a sense of Bangkok, which made it easy for me to follow. The characters were vivid, quirky, memorable and believable. Their dialogue is realistic, natural and carries the story. The plot was engrossing and original. As a detective novel this really deserves a place with the `big boys'. I think a literary star has been born.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent well written story.
The life of a PI seems to be more dangerous than you may think. Especially in Thailand.
Quick paced engaging storyline.
Couldn't put this book down and I would recommend it to anyone. Especially enjoyable for anyone with a knowledge of Bangkok and Thailand.Published 4 months ago by Kevin Fradgley
A really good read which has been written by someone who has obviously lived in Bangkok and understands the location. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Areeya Graham
Wow, what a fantastic novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Having never been to Bangkok I have no idea whether the settings were real but they were conjured... Read morePublished on 29 April 2015 by C. Smith
I enjoyed Bangkok Rules very much indeed.
Harlan Wolff paints an eye opening picture of life in Bankok and of the lives of the expats settled there. Read more
Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade have a new distant cousin: his name is Carl Engel and he has all the requisite characteristics of the classic hard drinking, cynical private... Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2015 by K Cowdall