Jump the smelly puddles and hang on to your wallet; this is Bangkok. Nobody paints it better than Jake Needham, so hold your nose.
After the fall of Saigon, the South Vietnamese Government treasury is shipped out by plane to Bangkok. And disappears. The only man who knew where it went was the captain in charge of the guard detail and he’s just been killed.
Years later, two members of his detail receive copies of old photos. Their heads in the group of servicemen are circled in red pen. Somebody offers a vast sum of money for them to go to Bangkok to look for the loot, even though they don’t have a clue where to look. The dead captain’s wife also says she needs their help. A US agent says he needs their help.
Charlie and Winnebago wander around the grimy city as innocent lambs looking for safety at the butchery until they finally run into an elderly journalist who reluctantly agrees to help with his local knowledge.
Just when you wonder if anything exciting is going to happen, ever, all hell breaks loose and starts revolving like a corkscrew.
Half yeasty description of the backstreets of Thailand’s underbelly, and half thriller and who dunnit, this was a fun read I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jake pointed me at The Big Mango, his first novel, on Instafreebie. www.instafreebie.com . Thank you, Jake!
He is the successful author of The Jack Shepard Series, and the Sam Tay Series, both set in the Asia that he knows so well.