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Blog Archive July 2009

Saudi jewels back in the news

Nearly twenty years ago a Thai servant in Saudi made off with a great amount of precious jewels. Within the next year, several high-ranking Saudi officials working in Thailand were murdered. In Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, the Saudi jewel disappearance formed an important subplot.

The Bangkok Post has reported:

“The Criminal Court has approved a warrant for the arrest of Abu Ali, Pol Col Tawee said. The murder took place in front of Sriwattana Apartment on Yen Akat Road in Sathon district on Feb 1, 1990.

About 10 minutes earlier, two other Saudi diplomats were fatally shot. They were Fahad AZAlbahli and Ahmed AAlsaif. Investigators believe the same gang was involved in the killings.”

In one year the statute of limitations will run on the murder charge. The killer will become the grasp of the law once that happens. Will the cops catch the killer before the approaching deadline? No one knows.

The Bangkok Post ends its report as follows: “Both the murders and the theft of Saudi royal jewellery have soured relations between Thailand and Saudi Arabia for almost two decades.”

A high price has been paid for the missing jewels.

Posted: 8/6/2009 3:54:16 AM 


Heart Talk in your pocket

Everyone is looking for that slight advantage, an edge whether in business or romance. Language is the way we often gain an advantage. When you’re dealing in a foreign language such as Thai, getting that right word is the difference between a kiss and slap, or in business a deal or, well, slapdown.

So how about a secret language weapon? I’ve got one. You don’t need a license to carry or use it. And it can hit a target within shouting range and is rarely lethal. It is called Heart Talk. Isn’t that a book?

Yeah, it’s a book. But now it’s an ebook. An altogether different thing.

I thought you’d like to know you can download an ebook edition of Heart Talk. Price is cheap. No waiting and you can cruise around with the book loaded for use on your cell phone. For that emergency vocabulary needed with the police, the landlord, girlfriend or the street vendor.

Heart Talk is an essential language survival kit as you explore the Thai language, culture and people. It opens the door to the private realm of the Thai language—the linguistic heartscape where ideas take shape, feelings are formed, moods floated, and relationships started or mended when broken.

But you already knew that.

Now the technical stuff. A lot of which you probably already know. But a recap never hurts.

An ebook
is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a personal computer, mobile phone, or an eBook reader. Being a new choice for book lovers, eBook is a technology that will make the idea of ‘carry my book everywhere’ possible. You can now forget about the weight of the book you want to take it with you. As heavy as your mobile phone, hundreads of books lay comfortably in your pocket.

Heart Talk eBook is a combination of 2 marvellous things mentioned above, an essential language survival kit to understand Thai and a new technology for book lovers. You’ve got the space on your cell phone, so why not download Heart Talk? The next time you are at a loss for words, pull out that cell phone and search for a ‘heart’ phrase to put your point across.

Heart Talk eBook is available at:


Learn more about Heart Talk at www.thaihearttalk.info

Posted: 7/30/2009 10:36:25 PM 


The Corruptionist

The Corruptionist

Christopher G. Moore

Heaven Lake Press

2 January 2010


The Corruptionist puts a new twist on Chinese designs on Southeast Asia. Set during the most turbulent times for Thailand’s political system. The 11th in the Calvino series, The Corruptionist is a provocative work that is based on firsthand experience gathered from the heart of the demonstrations in Bangkok and illuminates what has evolved into a global political story.


The Corruptionist is part mystery, part political espionage thriller, and a cross-cultural romance.


Through the eyes of Vincent Calvino, the novel captures the under currents sweeping through the capital of Bangkok, unfolding multiple layers: from the political intrigue, love story, and expatriate lives caught up in the chaos. Moore is passionate about Thailand and his multidimensional characters create a depth that will make the book a classic.

Posted: 7/28/2009 3:15:55 AM 



Along with Colin Cotterill, Matt Beynon Rees, and Barbara Nadal, I have been blogging over at International Crime Writers Reality Check. http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

The other day I blogged about how Thais express the notion of time:

“The bulk of my fiction has been set in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. As a non-native speaker, the daily work of researching a book set in Thailand presents a constant challenge. As the author, I am in the position of translating a Thai’s vision of reality into English. This often requires close observation about matters that most of take for granted.

For example, take the concept of “time.” Einstein introduced the notion of that time is relative. We understand, however, this is a specialized, scientific concept that has little to do with day-to-day life. And unless we are writing science fiction, most of us would have a reasonably close understanding of what time means, how it passes, and how we separate the past, present and future.”

The full article is at http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/

Posted: 7/17/2009 4:22:37 AM 



Also congratulations to Colin Cotterill who won a major international literary award yesterday in London. Colin beat stellar group of writers to win the The CWA Dagger in the Library, which is given for a body of work. For more:

Posted: 7/17/2009 4:21:57 AM 


Detective and Private Eye Fiction

I came across a good summary of the history of private eye, detective, police procedural fiction: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Detective_fiction


You will also find a handy list of famous private eyes (Vincent Calvino is included).


On the essence of early Chinese detective fiction:


”These novels differ from the Western tradition in several points as described by van Gulik:

  • the detective is the local magistrate who is usually involved in several unrelated cases simultaneously;
  • the criminal is introduced at the very start of the story and his crime and reasons are carefully explained, thus constituting an inverted detective story

Inverted detective story

An inverted detective story, also known as a "howcatchem", is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator....
 rather than a "puzzle";

  • the stories have a supernatural element with ghosts telling people about their death and even accusing the criminal;
  • the stories were filled with digressions into philosophy, the complete texts of official documents, and much more, making for very long books;
  • the novels tended to have a huge cast of characters, typically in the hundreds, all described as to their relation to the various main actors in the story;
  • little time is spent on the details of how the crime was committed but a great deal on the torture and execution of the criminals, even including their further torments in one of the various hells for the damned.

Ghosts and a cast of hundreds makes for a different reading experience.

Link: http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Detective_fiction

Posted: 7/14/2009 4:37:43 AM 


International Crime Authors Reality Check

For those of you who enjoy crime fiction there is a new blog to check out: http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/


We are four international crime fiction writers who have come together to blog as International Crime Writers’ Reality Check. Barbara Nadel has a series set in Istanbul, Colin Cotterill’s has a series set in Laos, Matt Beynon Rees has a set a series in the West Bank/Gaza, and Christopher G. Moore has set his series in Thailand.


We will be blogging about our lives, research, observations and writing from our region of the world. Reality check is our way of seeking out the facts and truths about the culture, language, and history of the places where we have set our series.


Our desire is to increase awareness of how writers living in other cultures go about writing fiction about the people, events and crimes.


We hope that you will join us as we weekly seek out new frontiers in writing crime fiction set in some of the more vibrant, interesting places in the world.

Posted: 7/10/2009 5:21:49 AM 


The Risk of Infidelity Index

Here’s a look at the cover for the Turkish edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index.

Christopher G. Moore
Yayınevi: E Yayınları Publisher:
E Yayınları
Çevirmen: Şen Süer Kaya Translator:
Sen Süer Kaya
Sayfa sayısı: 421 Number of pages: 421
ISBN: 9789753902496 ISBN: 9789753902496
Basım tarihi: Temmuz 2009 Publication date: July 2009
Kategori: Roman / Öykü Category:
Novel / Short Story

Piyasa fiyatı: 22.00 YTL Market price: 22.00 YTL
Hermes Kitap Fiyatı: 17.60 YTL Hermes Book Price: 17.60 YTL

Posted: 7/8/2009 10:33:39 PM 



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