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Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992.
Stephen Leather's bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He is one of the UK most successful eBook authors and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the Top 100 influential people in the publishing world in 2011.
Stephen Leather has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series. You can find out more from his website, www.stephenleather.com.
on March 02, 2013 :
This story of a former New Orleans cop moonlighting in Bangkok as a private investigator for friends and acquaintances, has some enjoyable intrigue as well as genuinely funny moments. The dialogue is sharp, although repetitive at times. Where the book really falls short of the mark, however, are its lack of plot complexity, minimal suspense and not-quite believable characters. The character of Bangkok Bob, for example, would have been better served if he was single, not married, (thus introducing some much-needed sexual tension), and his ability to "speak perfect Thai" (ie, without even an accent) is simply not believable. I enjoyed the book anyway because I've spent time in Thailand, and can vividly picture the scenes.
Incidentally, Stephen Leather's earlier book on Bangkok bargirls and the foolish western foreigners who fall in love with them - titled "Private Dancer" - is a must-read for anyone venturing into that world! On the back of that book, I was hoping this one would be better than it was.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 26, 2012 :
I have read pretty much everything by Stephen Leather, and got this as the result of a free offer on his Facebook page.
It's a good read, the story of a guy called Bob looking for a Missing Mormon (surprise, surprise) in parts of Thailand.
The author obviously has a good knowledge of Thai society, and we meet some colourful characters.....plus get a good look at some of the less pleasant aspects. I tend to prefer his books when they are set outside of modern Britain.
The plot is less complicated than in the author's longer books, so I could easily imagine it happening. The short novel holds the interest throughout, though I could have lived without descriptions of Bob's medical problems!! One slight jarring note is Bob's unlikely escape from death.....a device the author had used before in one of his Spider Shepherd novels and which I thought was a bit of a fiction cliché
Overall, a very good way to spend a couple of hours.....apparently there are more Bangkok Bob stories in the pipeline.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 24, 2012 :
What a superb read, I read the first chapter and could not take my eyes off it and ending up reading it from start to finish. Very exiting and you will be hooked after the first paragraph. High,y recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)