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Bangkok Rules by [Wolff, Harlan]
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  • 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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Clearly the author knows the region that the book is set which makes this great read as it enhances the credibility of the plot and characters
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Sums up life in Thailand excellently! Sorry that the author hasn't got any other novels out to read more of his work
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the somewhat flawed private investigator Carl Engel. Anyone who likes the PI genre should read this as Engel is in many ways an anti hero, flawed yet compelling. I do hope we see more of him and his aray of dubious friends and associates.
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... aka Krung Thep aka Bangkok and her inhabitants on a top level!
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!
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What a dissolute life those expats in Bangkok lead - it's all beer, women, drugs and bars. According to 'Bangkok Rules', anyway, and I can quite believe it. The other thing I can believe is the seamy underbelly of business that keeps its inhabitants afloat - the bribes, the 'understandings', the 'friends'. This book really exposes the realities of real life in Bangkok as opposed to what tourists passing through get to see.

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.

Tricky.

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...
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This is a real page turner, not a term that I like very much, to be honest, but there it is. The characters are OTT but just about believable, the plot is OTT and only just about believable, and the final confrontational scene is definitely OTT and scarcely believable. But it all falls into place, just as Our Hero (and we!) had hoped. You know from the start it's all going to be all right in the end, but with all the twists and turns the suspense, and the fun for the reader if not for the characters, is in wondering how Our Hero is going to manage it. Never confuse literature with life, take this on its own terms, and you'll have a whale of a time. The Thai expat scene is convincingly presented, as is the underbelly of a society subject to corrupt political and military forces - all a figment of the author's imagination, of course. There is, be warned, one potentially nasty torture scene towards the end, but don't be put off at this point: this is debunked later as a mere(!) pretence. I won't give any more away: just enjoy!
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Carl Engel a Londoner who has worked as a P.I. in Thailand since the 70's, is down on his luck until he lands what he senses could be a lucrative case. Asked to track down a missing American, Carl enters the murky waters of political secrets and murder that date back to the Vietnam War. Succeeding where others have failed Carl finds his own life is now at risk...

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.
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