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JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels when he realized he didn’t really like movies and television very much.
Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the pubic and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has no intention of telling you about.
He, his wife, and their two sons divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States. You can read excerpts from Jake Needham’s other books at his web site, www.JakeNeedham.com.
on April 24, 2012 :
An exiled Prime Minister, who’d love to get back into power; the current incumbent a woman from the opposite party; red shirts and yellow shirts, violent demonstrations and a good smattering of corruption in all the high places. You’ve heard something like this before, recently? Yes, it’s topical: it’s what’s been happening in Thailand – well except for the exiled PM – and it’s not done yet.
This is not fiction; it is how things are here, which lends a great deal of accuracy to A World of Trouble, Needham’s latest Asia crime thriller novel. But who can calm things down before civil war breaks out? Enter Jack Shepherd, lawyer and money mover who’s hired by the ex PM to ... well that would be telling, wouldn’t it. Needham shuttles you through Dubai, Bangkok via Hong Kong and back again. While you flit from country to country, your suspicions grow. You think you know what’s coming, that it’s just the Thais squabbling amongst themselves again, and you work out how it will all end up. Then, as you turn the pages faster impatient for the end, you discover you’re wrong.
A nice hook on the last page makes me suspect, no hope, that Jake will be giving us more of Jack.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)