"Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep has been summoned to the scene of a murder so unsavory it makes most other murders in Bangkok look tame. The victim is a Hollywood director and solving the case could mean a promotion. But Sonchai, reeling from a recent personal tragedy, doesn t want much of anything except spiritual guidance from a Tibetan lama who may be able to lead Sonchai finally into the life dedicated to Buddha that he has always yearned for. But there are obstacles in Sonchai s path to Nirvana. There s his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn, who has just appointed Sonchai to be his consigliere (he s been studying The Godfather on DVD) in his ongoing battle with Army General Zinna. There's the Tibetan lama, Tietsin, who may be enlightened and eerily charismatic, but he s also determined to broker a deal with Vikorn and Zinna that would put 40 million dollars heroin on the streets of Bangkok with Sonchai as his go-between. Throw in the involvement of a woman whose intimate knowledge of pharmaceuticals gives her sorceress-like powers - and what you have is Sonchai put to the extreme test as a cop, as a Buddhist, and as an impossibly earth-bound man."
"Burdett's fever-dream mysteries recast the police procedural as psychedelic peep show."--"The New Yorker" "John Burdett is writing the most exciting set of crime novels in the world."--"The Oregonian" ""Godfather "is written with Burdett's characteristic zest, serving up pungent slices of Bangkok's bazaars and waterways."--"The Boston Globe" "A Thai tale of corruption, mayhem and intrigue."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "It is the mordant wit of his exhaustively observant 'monk manque' hero that fuels this blissful and dexterous book."--"Houston Chronicle"" ""This is a novel brimming with observations and arguments, with absurdity and jokes . . . Witty, learned, and wild."--"The Washington Post Book World" "The spiciest yet of Burdett's exotic dishes."--"The Times "(London) "Burdett's latest mystery is delightfully ambiguous, like life itself."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch" "Block out several hours to read it in one sitting.o