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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte Ltd (24 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9810539169
  • ISBN-13: 978-9810539160
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
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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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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 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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I have no idea how this book ended up on my Kindle as it seemed that I had added it several years ago but it was selected randomly for me to read next, so I did.

This fictional tale (based on some truth) tells the story of Pete, a freelance writer hired by a publishing house to edit a new cookery book/travel guide for Thailand. In Bangkok, Pete is introduced to the red-light district by a friend, where he meets pole dancer/prostitute Joy in the Zombie Bar. But despite advice from the resident expats that it's best not to get emotionally involved with a bar babe, Pete falls head-over-heels for Joy. We follow the relationship and Pete when he learns through a private detective that Joy is simply using him 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. This does nothing to dampen Pete’s love for Joy and he desperately wants to believe her excuses, lies and proclamations of true love. The path of love is bumpy and it all ends in a slightly obvious conclusion.

Each chapter is told from a different character's point of view and I think that the crucial character here is Joy. I think that if Joy didn’t have her own chapters and we didn’t hear from her directly, the book would not work. I have travelled to Thailand and seen a couple of their ‘red light districts’ and this book presents an interesting view of the situation and the people involved although I am sure that not all people in this industry feel the same as the main character here.

Whilst I did enjoy the book, I did get a bit bored as it seems long and the whole situation is quite repetitive.
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Will scare the pants off of all those ex-pats who have shacked up with an ex bar girl! A very informative read and bitter in some ways, I wonder if the author has been affected by similar situations or certainly observed well in some of the Bangkok Bars. Some of the characters and casual customers, I'm sure I have met many times over out there.
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I bought this book, basically, to confirm that I knew it all already. I first went all over S.E.Asia in the early sixties, helping the USA. get a foothold (not for very long) in Vietnam. Also went to BKK before the Nana Plaza and the Nana Hotel were there. Patpong was kicking off then and I had a good time all of the time!!. I drifted back over there in 1989, mostly in Singapore, where I met up with a lot of Thai girls working in the remaining (few) night-clubs off Orchard road. They were, and still are, the same, and any old man who thinks these girls actually prefer the company of them to a man of their own age is in serious trouble. When I was 20 years old, the thought of having a 50yr. old girlfriend would never have been considered, let alone to happen. So, already being wise to these little beauties, prancing arouind shiny poles on a stage about 3 feet above the floor,some naked, some not, reinstated that it was business as usual. I spent a lot of time until 2004, during which I met and heard about old, and some young men, losing the whole lot to these 'bar girls'. whilst I was rotating to BKK from various oilfield (my occupation) locations for R & R as the Yanks called it. We called it I & I, intercourse and intoxication, preferably in that order. I almost got hooked once in ,01, falling a little bit overboard with a stunner from the Rainbow One bar, in Nana Plaza. I introduced her to a pal of mine who lived in BKK. and he was my 'Private Detective'. I was'nt away for more than a month or so and he confirmed that they dont go back home 'up country', as they call it. She had come with me to the airport when I left, already having in her hand a Thai Airways ticket,( I got it), for her return to Udon Thani to go home to Mama!. In fact, she was back in the bar that same night!!.Read more ›
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