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Bangkok Tattoo

(2005)
(The second book in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep series)
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Killing customers just isn't good for business."

My mother Nong's tone reflects the disappointment we all feel when a star employee starts to go wrong. Is there nothing to be done? Will we have to let dear Chanya go? The question can only be decided by Police Colonel Vikorn, who owns most of the shares in the Old Man's Club and who is on his way in his Bentley.

"No," I agree. Like my mother's, my eyes cannot stop flicking across the empty bar to the stool where Chanya's flimsy silver dress (just enough silk to cover nipples and butt) drapes and drips. Well, the dripping was slight and is more or less finished (a rusty stain on the floor turning black as it dries), but in more than a decade as a detective in the Royal Thai Police, I have never seen a garment so blood-soaked. Chanya's bra, also hideously splattered, lies halfway up the stairs, and her panties—her only other garment—lie abandoned on the floor outside the upstairs room where, eccentrically even for a Thai whore, she has taken refuge with an opium pipe.

"She didn't say anything at all? Like why?"

"No, I told you. She dashed in through the door in a bit of a state holding an opium pipe, glared at me, said, ‘I've done him in,' ripped off her dress, and disappeared upstairs. Fortunately, there were only a couple of farang in the bar at the time, and the girls were fantastic. They merely said, ‘Oh, Chanya, she goes like that sometimes,' and gently ushered them out. I had to play the whole thing down, of course, and by the time I got to her room, she was already stoned."

"What did she say again?"

"She was tripping on the opium, totally delirious. When she started talking to the Buddha, I left to call you and the Colonel. At that stage I didn't know if she'd really done him in or was freaking out on yaa baa or something."

But she'd snuffed him all right. I walked to the farang's hotel, which is just a couple of streets away from Soi Cowboy, and flashed my police ID to get the key to his room. There he was, a big muscular naked American farang in his early thirties, minus a penis and a lot of blood from a huge knife wound that began in his lower gut and finished just short of his rib cage. Chanya, a basically decent and very tidy Thai, had placed his penis on the bedside table. At the other end of the table, a single rose stood in a plastic mug of water.

There was nothing for it but to secure the room for the purposes of forensic investigation, leave a hefty bribe for the hotel receptionist—who is now more or less obliged to say whatever I tell him to say (standard procedure under my Colonel Vikorn in District 8)—and await further orders. Vikorn, of course, was in one of his clubs carousing, probably surrounded by naked young women who adored him, or knew how to look as if they did, and in no mood to be dragged to the scene of a crime until I penetrated his drunken skull enough to explain that the business at hand was not an investigation per se but the infinitely more challenging forensic task so lightly spoken of as a "cover-up." Even then he showed no inclination to shift himself until he realized it was Chanya (the perp, not the victim).

"Where the hell did she get the opium?" my mother wants to know. "There hasn't been opium in Krung Thep since I was a teenager."

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 0-593-05162-9 / 978-0-593-05162-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Press
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May 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4000-4045-0 / 978-1-4000-4045-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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January 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: Bangkok Tatoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4193-5429-9 / 978-1-4193-5429-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: RB Large Print
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Paperback Editions

July 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (2)
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4000-3291-1 / 978-1-4000-3291-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep 2)
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 0-552-15471-7 / 978-0-552-15471-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep 2)
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 0-552-77141-4 / 978-0-552-77141-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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May 2005 : USA Paperback
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 0-593-05399-0 / 978-0-593-05399-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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July 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4074-7866-4 / 978-1-4074-7866-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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2006 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-84505-522-5 / 978-1-84505-522-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Audio
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May 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 0-7393-2026-2 / 978-0-7393-2026-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bangkok Tattoo (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4159-2147-4 / 978-1-4159-2147-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2005 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Bangkok Tattoo
Author(s): John Burdett
ISBN: 1-4159-2000-1 / 978-1-4159-2000-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Book 2)
Author(s): John Burdett
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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May 2005 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Bangkok Tattoo: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (2) (Sonchai Jitpleecheep)
Author(s): John Burdett
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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