Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan

Today I finished reading The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan.  This thriller was nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award.

The story is set in Bangkok, Thailand ca. 2010.  I was fortunate to have visited Thailand a few years ago.  I found the setting to be true to my memories except for Patpong.  I spent my time visiting temples, markets and an unending stream of jewelry shops with my wife.  I never made it to Patpong not even for a peek.

The Queen of Patpong is an interesting read.  A couple of the fight scenes are among the best I've ever read.  Hallinan can write violence in a way you feel every blow.

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