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,
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
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
A high price has been paid
for the missing jewels.
|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.
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.
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
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
Heart Talk eBook is
Learn more about Heart Talk at
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
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
|THAI LANGUAGE AND THE PASSAGE OF TIME
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
|COLIN COTTERILL WINS CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
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:
|Detective and Private Eye Fiction
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
”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
- the criminal is introduced at the
very start of the story and his crime and reasons are carefully explained, thus
constituting an inverted
rather than a "puzzle";
- the stories have a supernatural
element with ghosts telling people about their death and even accusing the
- 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
|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.
|The Risk of Infidelity Index
Here’s a look at the cover for the
Turkish edition of The Risk of Infidelity Index.
Author: Christopher G. Moore
Yayınları Publisher: E Yayınları
Süer Kaya Translator: Sen Süer Kaya
Sayfa sayısı: 421 Number of pages: 421
ISBN: 9789753902496 ISBN: 9789753902496
Basım tarihi: Temmuz 2009 Publication date: July
/ Öykü Category: Novel / Short
Piyasa fiyatı: 22.00 YTL Market price:
Hermes Kitap Fiyatı: 17.60 YTL Hermes Book Price: 17.60 YTL