MOM, by Collin Piprell
MOM, by Collin Piprell
MOM, by Collin Piprell
MOM, by Collin Piprell

Bangkok Knights
(about 75,000 words)

A few of the issues addressed in this book:

  • Will Trevor Perry ever find his perfect soulmate? In three separate trips to Bangkok from Kuwait, this young traffic engineer trys to interview dozens of prime candidates for dinner—maybe even for good times to come in Kuwait and Norwich. But he keeps falling victim to targets of first opportunity, including the legendary Legs, a.k.a. “Long Tall Lek,” who used to be the star dancer at Shaky Jake’s, way back before her feet started acting up and she had to retire. Some things just seem to resist engineering.
  • What is Leary’s Law, and why should every single male visitor to Thailand be aware of it?
  • Under what circumstances was a gentleman named Sid “Siddiqi” Davis crushed to death by a falling bargirl known as Big Toy?
  • Why is a hangover like sticking your tongue on a doorknob?
  • Why would a local expat women’s club even want to talk to “Billboard” Coburn, much less rent out his backside?
  • What’s this strange fascination Bill Baxter from Seattle has for a young lady with a reputation for “feeding the ducks”?
  • What is the Swollen Pig-Head Syndrome, and in how many ways is it going to ruin our narrator’s love-life?


More than a collection of stories,
Bangkok Knights presents a sweet-sour portrait
of lumpenproletariat expat life in Bangkok

“Bangkok Knights … is an excellent read, lots of fun, and recommended to all who enjoy fine writing.” ( S. Tsow, Bangkok Post)

“Poignant stories, finely structured … a mordant sense of humor.” (John Hoskin)

“Piprell’s writing is meticulously crafted … A great book and a riotous read.” (Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail, reviewing the Too Many Women incarnation)

Dear Editors (this e-mail is for Mr. Collin Piprell),
Sir, I have just had the pleasure of completing Bangkok Knights. It was somewhat dangerous to read in public as I never knew when I would burst our laughing; hospital waiting rooms, the Dean's office, cafes, etc. etc.
Will proceed to read your other two books and anything else you deem to publish. Hope you continue to write and please audiences for many years to come! Thank you!
Very truly yours,
Jeffrey M. Wachtel, Ph. D.
Professor, Graduate School of Business
Director, Graduate School of Tourism Management
Assumption University of Thailand, ABAC

Michel Hudon’s French-language synopsis of his translation

Asia Books edition published 2000.
First published 1989, 1991 by Editions Duang Kamol; published 1995 by bookSiam.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publisher and the author.
This book is a work of fiction. All names, characters, and other elements of the stories are either the product of the author’s imagination or else are used only fictitiously. Any resemblance to real characters, living or dead or to real incidents is entirely coincidental.

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