"Calvino is at once in the finest tradition of the lone private detective and a complete original." --Matt Benyon Rees, author of "The Samaritan's Secret"
"Calvino is a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer." --"The Nation" (Bangkok)
"The top foreign author focusing on the Land of Smiles, Christopher G. Moore clearly has a firsthand understanding of the expat milieu. . . . Moore is perspicacious." --"Bangkok Post"
"Vincent Calvino [is] Bangkok's most newsworthy private eye. ... ["Asia Hand" is] dankly atmospheric." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Underneath Bangkok society is a deeply encrusted demiworld of hope, despair, corruption, and courage that Moore, an American-born writer who has lived there for almost twenty years, paints with maestrolike Dickensian strokes." --Tom Plate, "The Seattle Times"
"Moore's flashy style successfully captures the dizzying contradictions of this vertiginous landscape."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"
From the Publisher
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.
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