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Serpentine Hardcover – 1 Oct 1979
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Right up there with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the greatest true-crime book ever written. (Amazon customer review)
This sensational true crime book has everything. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book captured me. It actually got under my skin allowing me to do or think nothing else but Serpentine. The character Charles Sobhraj is a man who comes up in a world that does not welcome him. As a child he remains unloved and unwanted, due to his mother marriage to another man. Charles' paternal father on the other hand wants nothing to do with him and marries again starting a new family. Poor Charles refuses to accept his father's dismissal, and keeps forever after him at every opportunity while his mother Song is more concerned with her new life.
Without any support coming from either of his parents Charles embarks on a life on his own, educating himself, and familiarizing himself with crime and how it works. He starts out with small crimes and then everything swells out in enormous proportions to the point where he is hiring staff to work with him. He gets incarcerated more times than he can count as his criminal activity reaches parts from Turkey, Iran, Paris, Delhi, Pakistan, all the way to Hong Kong. Words cannot sufficiently describe the dangerous man Charles has come, but with his quick charisma and easy manner bit by bit, the strangers who do not know him trust him and are lured into his web of murky waters.
This is a true story and one can learn a lot from it, in protection oneself when traveling alone.
I highly recommended this non-fictitious book.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar ( SUGAR-CANE 08/05/07)
I would recommend this book to those who like true crime stories and to those who just like an engaging, easy read. The book moves along at great pace. If you bring it along on a vacation to Sri Lanka or Thailand or Paris, etc., you may want to keep an eye out for Sobhraj. I wouldn't get too chummy if I were you.
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