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Published by Corsair, 24
September 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4721-5142-1 (TPB)
Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a Buddhist detective of the Royal Thai Police
Force. All his life he has been obsessed with finding out who his father is, he
only knows he is American.
Sonchai is called to the gruesome murder of a 12 year
old girl who it seems has had her head literally pulled off of her body, no one
has seen anything like it before. Who or what could have such incredible
strength to commit such a hideous crime? Written on a mirror in the same room
as the girl are the words “Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep I know who (the next
word is a smudge) father is”. This makes him more determined than ever to find
The Asset in the title is an American of super human
strength, one of many who are called transhumans. Some think it possible that
America has developed a new military weapon.
Sonchai's enquiries take him to a well hidden compound
in the Cambodian jungle where there live several American veterans from the
Vietnam war. He discovers some very worrying truths which lead him to wonder
how far America will go to hide its highly controversial secrets. He also at
last discovers his father's identity and that he has a half brother.
This was certainly a very different book and gives
rise to a few rather thought provoking theories. It doesn't concern actual
robots but rather 'enhanced humans' and seems more than a little plausible. At the same time it gives a bit of an insight
into the Thai people and their way of life. As I have been to Bangkok, be it
only briefly, I found this very interesting.
In England we think there is bribery and corruption in
this country but we are as pure as the driven snow compared to Thailand and
their police force according to this book!
I understand this is the fifth book set in Bangkok and
concerning Sonchai, I would certainly like to read the others as I felt as
though I was only just getting to know him. A good read.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
John Burdettpracticed law for 14 years in London and Hong Kong
until he was able to retire to write full time. He has lived in France, Spain,
Hong Kong and the U.K. and now commutes between Bangkok and Southwest France.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.