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Christopher G. Moore

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July 13 2010 Vincent Calvino Novels
Heaven Lake Press, Trade paperback edition (2000) Binding is quality trade paperback. New condition. 5" - 7 3/4" tall.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (July 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170736
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moore captures the bewitching spirit and rice-cooker passions of Southeast Asia." -- The National Post

"Moore's Vinny Calvino is a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer." -- The Nation

The top foreign author focussing on the Land of Smiles, Canadian author clearly has a first-hand understanding of the expat millieu...Moore is perspicacious. -- The Bangkok Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Second in the Vincent Calvino P.I. Series

Bangkok - the Year of the Monkey. Private investigator Vincent ("Vinee") Calvino's New Year celebration ends when Jerry Hutton, wearing a necklace of wooden penises, is pulled dead from Lumpini Park Lake. Cable TV shows dramatic footage of several Burmese soldiers on the Thai border executing students in cold blood. Hutton was the cameraman.

Calvino probes the truth behind Hutton's job with an LA film production company in Bangkok. They are shooting a feature titled Lucky Charms. When Calvino confronts the director about Hutton's role in the production he hits a wall of silence.

On the other side of that wall, Calvino and Lt. Col. Pratt discover an elite film unit of old Asia Hands with important Bangkok connections. They find themselves matched against a set of farangs conditioned for urban survival and willing to go for a knock-out punch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Private Eye novel set in Bangkok Aug. 29 2000
By John Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Asia Hand was one of the first books that C.G. Moore wrote about the Bangkok based private investigator named Vincent Calvino and his friend in the Bangkok police, LTC Pratt. The Calvino series are great (easy) reading and many foreign visitors could learn from "Calvino's rules." My favorite Calvino's rule is "only marry an orphan." This novel follows Calvino throughout Bangkok in search of the killer of a foreigner. Hints of the occult and insite into the Thai ways of thinking about life around them makes every page interesting.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Reflection Of Expat Heaven/Hell June 23 2002
By Sean Bunzick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yes,once again Christopher G. Moore has scored a direct hit in his unique--and highly qualified--outlook at the world of expatriates living in Bangkok.Vinnie Calvino and Col.Pratt are back together again going through all the weird-little-worlds occupied by farang expats and the Thai people they both mesh and clash with,particularly the bargirls of Sukhumvit Road.
If you want to see and learn what life is like for the expats, this is the best way to go.If you've lived in Thailand or visit it on a regular basis,as I do,you'll feel very much at home with the storyline,the characters and the general mentality of all those you meet and observe.As other reviewers have pointed out,this tale IS somewhat scary but as far as reading entertainment goes,you'll have fun with this tale,I promise.
What I also find great sanuk,in my usual overly-cynnical manner,is that the worst of the "bad guys" are either Americans or contolled by American forces.I have met both these people and the Vinnie Calvinos--BOTH groups "Asia Hands"--and what can be more than somewhat scary is that,in most cases,the "bad guys" outnumber the Calvinos.Still,even dealing with one Calvino personality reminds me of why I keep returning to my beloved Thailand and why the kingdom WILL be my permenant home in the future.Please read "Asia Hand" and do what most of us do:enjoy the hell out of it!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bangkok noir with an endearing protagonist Oct. 3 2010
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Originally published in 1993, this is the second of eleven atmospheric Bangkok-set Vincent Calvino series. Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer turned tough-guy PI, won't let it go when a sad-sack American neighbor, cameraman Jerry Hutton, is found dead in a park lake during Chinese New Year celebrations.

Hutton who had poor judgment and worse luck, had just happened upon his big break - filming the point-blank execution of three Burmese students by Burmese military. Every news station has picked it up and a documentary filmmaker planned to include it, and Hutton, in a new movie project.

But Calvino thinks there's something fishy about Hutton's footage. Especially after an assassin targets him later that night. Trading coded Shakespeare quotes with his friend Police Colonel Pratt, Calvino keeps kicking roadblocks (mostly human) out of his way as he navigates the alleys, slums, back rooms and scariest of all, the politics, of his adopted country, to expose the crime and the killer.

Moore puts you on the streets of Bangkok, immersing us farangs in the color, confusion and quickly seized opportunities of city life, particularly on the fringes. The prose crackles with classic noir style though Moore never overdoes it. Fast-paced and street-wise, this is a character and place-driven series for anyone who enjoys John Burdett or Timothy Hallinan.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bone Chillingly Accurate Nov. 1 2000
By Garman H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book while living my fourth of five years in Bangkok. This book maps the reality many expats live and fear each day. I could trace my own footsteps through the pages.
Recommended if you want to read the reality and fear the consequences. For those of you wanting an adventure, your stomachs will churn.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bangkok is not Brooklyn ... and thank goodness for that ... Dec 24 2011
By Jai Roon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Favorite sentence from the book would have to be "Bangkok's not Brooklyn, Vinnie," said Kiko, ... "And respect is the first thing you give up living here."

Mr. Moore should be required reading for any Thailand expat needing a visa extension beyond 60 days. Asia Hand is the second in the popular Vincent Calvino P.I. crime series. The first half of the book I thought had some really good writing. I was prepared not to like when I got to the Hollywood Treatment by Vinnie at the 1/2 way point but that actually worked for me and reinforced the plot lines. I liked the plot and didn't think it was particularly difficult or easy to follow. You had to pay attention.

I like the little things about Christopher Moore's writing style and following a Raymond Chandler 1950's book it made the evolution of crime fiction writing apparent. I doubt Chandler would ever have a chapter like THIRD SHIFT, which highlights the misfits found in Bangkok brilliantly. And who doesn't have a little misfit in them? Chandler paints external pictures well; Mr Moore paints internal pictures well. I prefer internal assessments. An example is his brief but brilliant treatment of the triumvirate of all sexual relationships: commitment, passion and trust. I liked that a lot.

It was dark, believable, nicely interwoven and full of bad guys. The ending I enjoyed. I am a sucker for a Buddhist moral so that worked for me and I thought Moore did a great job of painting the personality of Vinnie's 13 year old daughter, visiting Bangkok with his ex-wife. Vincent describing a truck load of Thai peasant labor to her also stands out as to why Moore is one of only a handful of authors who have the Thailand expertise to write about the various layers of complex Thai society. The whole insider's Hollywood scene I actually liked and learned from, unlike the reviewer who gave this book a 1 star rating. Different strokes for different folks as we say in Thailand. Start out with Spirit House by Moore then go from there. A Killing Smile is also a good read about Bangkok expat life. Pattaya 24/7 and 9 Gold Bullets were also good.

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