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LAUNDRY MAN (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels Book 1) by [Needham, Jake]
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"Mr. Needham seems to know rather more about these things than one ought." -- The Wall Street Journal Asia

Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.

Or is he?

A secretive Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances. A former law partner Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse. A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.

A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today's allies are tomorrow's fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2797 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
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  • Publisher: Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong); 3 edition (Jan. 16 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H9KYPY
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ac90858) out of 5 stars The Real Deal March 16 2012
By Bill Clarke - Published on
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Laundry Man kept me engaged as I followed Jack Shepherd through Bangkok's infamous small sois (streets) inhabited by "unique" personalities both Thai and foreign. There is no city on earth quite like Bangkok and Jack Shepherd deftly navigates through the smoke and mirrors like no other expat can.

Laundry Man is so authentic because author Jake Needham is the real deal- an American expat intimately familiar with Thailand. Trust me, I lived in Thailand for nine years and after the first chapter, waves of familiar memories flooded over me, invoking the street sounds, cooking aromas and general rush I personally experienced there.

Make sure you are comfortable when you first open this book- because you won't put it down unfinished.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab9e6cc) out of 5 stars Fiction???.....doubt it. Great read!!! March 13 2012
By JC from OZ - Published on
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Great book from an author who knows what he is talking about!

I have both Laundry Man and Killing Plato in both hard copy and ebook format. As someone who has spent a lot of time in Asia working in similar fields as the charachter Jack Shepherd, I found this book right on the money. Fiction?...maybe, but anyone who has read Jack Shepherd books and has spent time in Asia is sure to read each page with a recollective smirk from people and places they know.

The descriptive locations make you feel like you're right there with Jack, - (the first time I read it I had to light up a montecristo myself). Very good narrative, with enough to keep you guessing but remaining very believable. Best books set in Asia I have read in a long time.

Glad to see Jacks back in the new novel!!
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ab9e69c) out of 5 stars Fascinating Characters, Intricate Plot, Wonderful Dialogue Feb. 20 2012
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Laundry Man is one of the Jake Needham books I sought for years. In those years I read a lot of very positive reviews. Now I can confirm that all the good things I have seen written about it are true.

The characters are truly fascinating. They are so real, so colorful, and frequently so terrifying. A good example is Archie Ward, the "pathologically profane Aussie." It is great fun when he and Jack are talking deadly serious stuff while taking a wild round-trip ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. I have never been to Hong Kong, but I may have to go there to see if I can make that same wild end run Jack made as the gate to the ferry was closing. Hope I can still move that fast. And then there is Mango Manny (Emmanuel Marcus), a man to fear even when he is on your side. He is frightening like God is frightening and frightening like the Devil himself. He moves the world with a few phone calls. Not even the homicidal characters Just John and Phony Frank are more intimidating.

One of the best examples of the clever dialogue found in this book occurs in the first few pages. Jack Shepherd receives a call from an old law partner who has been dead for years. The conversation is clever, humorous, and intriguing. Use the Look Inside feature to read this exchange, and you'll be hooked.

The plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing. If you are a person who likes to guess what comes next, you may find this plot quite challenging. I finally just quit trying and enjoyed the ride.

I love this book and as well as the other Jack Shepherd novel, Killing Plato. Can't wait for the third book in the Jack Shepherd series: A World of Trouble. Coming very soon.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b719f9c) out of 5 stars Jack Shepherd and the CIA Aug. 20 2012
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So, here I was, having just finished my first Jake Needham--The Ambassador's Wife--and not quite satisfied had to go for another. Thus, The Laundry Man. Not Detective Sam Tay of Singapore this time, but "retired" international financier Jack Shepherd, now a professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He gets a call from a (supposedly) dead man to open the book, and away we go.
Shepherd is a very different character from the socially challenged Sam Tay. He's gregarious, athletic, has a gorgeous and talented female partner and all kinds of connections hither and yon. It's the connections that get him in trouble. The call from the dead man concerns his role in a money laundering scheme in which he was never involved. Except he is. And there are dozens of organizations involved, ranging all the way from China to Burma to the White House.
Sorting all this out and staying alive and/or out of prison takes a whole book and a lot of trial and error and compels you, the reader, to keep soaring through the adventure till it gets sorted out. As in The Ambassador's Wife, Needham lets you think things are clear more then once, then confounds the situation yet again, and you don't know till nearly the end how and why what plays out plays out. Deftly done and as entertaining a thriller as you'll find around.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad1d528) out of 5 stars Early Promise Failed to Materialize Aug. 3 2013
By mlr - Published on
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While the setting was interesting, the character's actions became increasingly hard to believe. I almost put the book down several times, but sheer stubbornness kept me going until the end -- hoping things would improve. They didn't.