(about 78,000 words)
Boom-time Bangkok. Greed and corruption grip the city, and Jack
Shackaway, freelance journalist and author of such literary masterpieces
as A Dick for Dorothy, is succumbing to a bad case of
culture shock—even though he thinks he’s adjusting
nicely to the Thai Way.
has no idea who’s trying to kill him, but given his talent
for annoying the wrong people, it could be just about anybody.
Every time he turns around he gets into hassles with the locals.
Not only that, if he isn’t careful he’s going to wind
up married to Mu,which might be better than being dead, but not
necessarily a lot better.
after somebody takes potshots at Jack in a taxi, Mu’s sister
Bia is kidnapped. Then Jack himself gets snatched, and is introduced
to local godfather Mr. Hung Fat, often referred to as “Fat
Fat,” but not to his face. Fat Fat’s men have mistaken
Bia for Mu, and their boss will do unpleasant things to her unless
Jack provides compensatory literary services for Fat Fat’s
public loss of face at the hands of intrepid investigative journalist
“Izzy Scoop.” But this is a double case of mistaken
identity—Fat Fat believes that Jack is the face behind Izzy.
If Fat Fat finds out that he isn’t, then Jack’s a
dead man for sure.
Mu keeps telling Jack, it’s time he learned to maintain
his jai yen yen—to keep his cool under all circumstances.
fast and funny novel from the author of
Bangkok Knights and Yawn (A Thriller)
“The market sated with
farang-written books about Thai prostitutes, it was a pleasant
surprise to read Collin Piprell’s Kicking Dogs…
The author has a light touch. Even detailed descriptions of murders,
real and attempted, will keep you smiling. … Collin Piprell
is clearly a resident. His insights re. the local population pretty
much hit the mark.
Bernard Trink (Bangkok Post)
Asia Books edition published 2000.
First published 1989, 1991 by Editions Duang Kamol; published
1995 by bookSiam.
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