- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Private Dancer Paperback – 24 Aug 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book , a very scary parable with recipes !Published 15 days ago by brian conrad
I enjoy all of Stephen Leathers novels, however this was slightly different to the usual Stephen Leather novels I have read. Would recommend this book.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I know it is fiction but having had a beer or two in the German bar it has to be close to the truth as well. A complex tale told through many eyes and an entertaining experience.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Have read this book 3 times, enjoyed it every time and will read again for surePublished 6 months ago by ROBERT PHILLIPS
Enjoyed this book and liked the way each character took turns in narrating the story seeing things from their own perspective based upon past experiences. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shaun Scowcroft