REVIEW à Bangkok Noir

REVIEW Ö REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD.CO.UK Ò Christopher G. Moore

Bangkok is one of the great cities in the world but unlike other great metropolises it has no noir tales to its name Bangkok Noir puts that to rightIn this first ever noir anthology of Bangkok twelve seasoned and internationally known Thai and Western writers have come together to make a powerful collection of crime fiction short stories that portray the dark side of this Asian metropolis where the lives of most citizens seem as far away from. I wanted to read stories set in Bangkok on my way there for a business meeting Having never been to Thailand I was looking forward to a little taste of the Thai culture and the heartbeat of the capital Bangkok Noir seemed like a good choiceUnfortunately most of the stories in this collection were uninspiringOnly two stories did appeal to me The Sword by Vasit Dejkunjorn is a very short story about police corruption The lunch that got away by Eric Stone about helping a street vendor recover her stolen cart This one is a bit unlikely but it is a nice feel good storyBased on those 2 stories I am adding one star to my original rating of 2 out of 5

REVIEW Bangkok Noir

Bangkok NoirHeaven as its Thai name Krungthep is distant from its meaning City of AngelsIn Bangkok Noir the twelve short stories of various shades of black involve gangsters and hitmen love and betrayal the supernatural the possessed and the dispossessed and the far distant future Titles in this collection include John Burdett’s Gone East Stephen Leather’s Inspector Zhang and the Dead Thai Gangster Tew Bunnag’s The Mistress Wants Her Freedom Colin C. Last story is the best one The title is Hot enough to kill It compressed everything all of the main modern issues westernization moral depravity faux values aspiration for so called democrazy I especially enjoyed the comparison of a shopping mall and a temple pointing out that mall is bigger What a symbol eh

Christopher G. Moore Ò 1 REVIEW

REVIEW à Bangkok Noir ô Bangkok is one of the great cities in the world but unlike other great metropolises it has no noir tales to its name Bangkok Noir puts that to rightIn this first ever noir anthology of Bangkok twelve seasoned and internationally known—Thai and Western—writers have come together to make a powerful collection of crime fiction short sOtterill’s Halfhead Pico Iyer’s Thousand and One Nights Vasit Dejkunjorn's The Sword Alex Kerr's Daylight Timothy Hallinan's Hansum Man Eric Stone's The Lunch That Got Away Dean Barrett's Death of a Legend Collin Piprell's Hot Enough to Kill and Christopher G Moore’s Dolphin IncThe authors and publisher will donate half of their earnings from this book to selected charity organizations which provide education to needy children in Thailan. I find that the stories in here are aloof Not engaging enough for me