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Paying Back Jack :  A Vincent Calvino Novel - Christopher G. Moore

Paying Back Jack

A Vincent Calvino Novel

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As reviewed by Chris Bilkey in the March Crime Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.

I have come late to Christopher Moore's PI novels featuring Vincent Calvino. And that's been my loss.

Moore has lived in Bangkok for twenty years, and it shows. His knowledge of the hidden Bangkok, the crime, the politics and the people shines through. And his writing recalls the gritty noir of Chandler and the intrigue of Le Carre with a dry humour thrown in.

Paying Back Jack is the tenth Calvino novel, and together they represent a rich panorama of east meets west. This time round Calvino is drawn into the murky world of private prisons, political assassination and UN officialdom. Calvino is the hard-boiled successor of Philip Marlowe, a damaged, beaten-down but never beaten protagonist who doesn't know when to quit. The Bangkok he inhabits is full of life, corruption and broken dreams. Moore drags you in to experience all of it.

Whether you try it for the exotic setting, the hard-boiled hero or the intrigue and action, you won't be disappointed. And you'll be back for more!

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In the new Vincent Calvino novel, Calvino's assignment takes him deep into the lives of corrupt politicians and private contractors, and into Bangkok's seamy underbelly. When justice is being sought, there is a fine line between the nobility and corruption. In 'Paying Back Jack', a client's desire for payback could cost Vinnie his life...When Vincent Calvino is hired by a retired Thai general to deal with a corrupt and deadbeat tenant, he finds himself swimming in deeper waters than he'd bargained as he and the General narrowly avoid an assassination attempt...When the General suggests that he gets out of Bangkok for a few days, Calvino heads for the beach. Unfortunately, trouble follows him, in the form of a beautiful young Thai woman who falls to her death from the hotel room above his...Back in Bangkok, a pair of elite snipers is staking out a high profile target, a Thai politician running for election. But they're not really on a mercenary mission: they're 'paying back Jack,' doing a favor for a man in need. Calvino, it turns out, is also tailing the same man, on behalf of a dangerous American agent.

As Calvino's investigation draws him into a murky world of private contractors, UN officials, and local politics, and he gets closer to his target, his run of bad luck gets more and more perilous...

About The Author: Christopher G. Moore was born and raised in Canada, where he formerly taught law at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of nine novels starring Vincent Calvino, and the winner of the Deutscher Krimi Preis, Germany's most prestigious award for crime fiction. He has lived in Bangkok since 1988

Industry Reviews

"'Plenty of violent action and some memorable low-life characters, but the real star of the book is Bangkok, which Moore, a long-term resident of the city, brings to vibrant, sleazy life.' Daily Telegraph 'Calvino is an engaging Bangkok P.I. who thinks he is about to smash a major Thai drug piracy ring when things start going pear shaped. It's a great introduction to the seamy side of Bangkok.' Daily Mail 'A vividly observed Bangkok is the setting for this first in a series about Vincent "Vinnie" Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer-turned-Thai private eye. Drug cartels, super-rich celebrities and a Shakespeare-quoting chief of police.' Sunday Telegraph"

ISBN: 9781843547938
ISBN-10: 1843547937
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th February 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1