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On 15th, 16th, and 17th May for around one and half hours I filmed and interviewed people who had gathered along Rama IV Road from the Rachadapiesek or Klong Toey intersection to Soi Ngam Dupli. As the authorities tightened the noose around Rachadaprasong, a second front opened along Rama IV, including a makeshift stage and speakers, microphones, and sound system.

I am not a professional photographer. Indeed I am not even a very good amateur photographer. What I’ve tried to do is capture the mood of people who have gathered around one of the main sites where Reds and the Security Forces have clashed. People in the outside world can glimpse for themselves some of the faces in the crowd—in other words what do the people on the scene look like—and the chaos surrounding the street barricades. Each day a community of onlookers have gathered drawn by the spectacle of violence, fire, and explosions.

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Posted: 5/18/2010 8:13:30 AM 

 

As you know Bangkok is under fire and on fire. I am posting on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/ChristopherGeorgeMoore?ref=profile#!/ChristopherGeorgeMoore?v=wall&ref=profile
And also on Twitter: bangkokwriter00
Though with all the traffic is sometimes difficult to get on to Twitter.
I've been at Rama IV and Expressway and have a fair amount of video and still footage from Saturday and Sunday. Will try and get some of it up once my IT person comes in. Sound of explosions from the direction of Rama IV as I write this.
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Posted: 5/17/2010 5:34:48 AM 

 

Tourists checking into a five-star Bangkok hotel or dining at an upscale restaurant will no doubt recall the pleasure of receiving a traditional wai from the owner, headwaiter, serving staff. Pleasure is the key experience, the pleasure of being recognized, being special, being noticed—and all of it unearned. Such deference is the ultimate free lunch. This is ‘deference lite’, the tourist edition. It is part of the hospitality package like the complimentary arrival drink and fruit basket that keeps tourists returning to Thailand.

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Posted: 5/13/2010 10:45:40 PM 

 

I’ve finished the 12th novel in the Vincent Calvino series—9 Gold Bullets—and have been reflecting over the course of this series, how I have developed not only the character of the private eye but the villains who seep into each story. The contemplation has caused me to reflect on how a novelist goes about selecting, describing and using villains.

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Posted: 5/7/2010 3:58:05 AM 

 

2010 is that year in Thailand.

 

There is a Thai expression which goes like this: ???????? /mik-ka-san-yee.

This is a way of recalling a time of chaos and unrest. Life turns upside down, the world spins out of control, and emotions are running high. Uncertainty and danger are dance partners crossing the floor in front of our eyes.

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Posted: 4/30/2010 5:19:10 AM 

 

It has been said that the novel is the perfect form to reflect the modern individual’s experience of the world. His take on the interior social, psychological world. In other words, the quality of a novel correlates with the ability of the story, characters, and plot to hold a mirror to the world of full emotional and intellectual experience. If the mirror distorts or warps the experience, the reader may be confused, angry or bored.

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Posted: 4/30/2010 4:35:42 AM 

 

A great review for the Grove edition of Asia Hand (July 2010) from Booklist: "Fans of this long-running series will completely enjoy this novel, and it should also be highly recommended to readers of hard-boiled detective fiction, including series set in Bangkok as well as the classic American tough-guy authors (...Raymond Chandler or, more recently, Robert B. Parker)."
—David Pitt, Booklist
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Posted: 4/28/2010 11:47:46 PM 

 

You can download a copy of my novel Tokyo Joe
from kindle for .99cents. That is for readers with a USA account; those outside the USA pay a surcharge of $2.00 for all kindle books.

http://www.amazon.com/Tokyo-Joe-ebook/dp/B0033AH7PU/ref=sr_1_2_oe_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272004989&sr=1-2
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Posted: 4/23/2010 3:07:43 AM 

 

In a recent interview I was asked how I became a literary legend in Asia.
Below is my reply

Christopher G. Moore
Bio sketch into the making of a writer

I was a 13-years-old newspaper boy on my route one early morning when a freak snowstorm hit. A car stopped and a small Asian man rolled down the window and asked me if I’d like a ride. At least I think that is what he asked me that morning; I remember that he spoke what sounded like a foreign language. He swung open the car door. It was cold and snowing. I got in. He gave me a cup of hot chocolate to drink. Next thing I woke up in San Francisco. Everything I had was on me that morning. I had lost my small nest egg.

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Posted: 4/22/2010 11:39:40 PM 

 

The jungle is a state of mind, a place where tooth and claw and the skill in deploying them decide who wins the battle. The reality becomes divided into black and white. Live or die. Kill or be killed. Demonize the enemy. Crank up the hatred of the ‘other.’ Tribal emotions pulse through the veins, hot and raging, until they boil over. Tear gas, water cannon, life rounds, anti-aircraft guns, batons, sharpened bamboo poles are among the weapons reported in the press since the Saturday 10th April confrontation at the Phan Fah Bridge near Democracy Monument in Bangkok. That night, the jungle mind crept out on all fours and pounced, devouring those in its path. It is almost a week since that night of killing and death. It is still sinking in. The mind tries to wrap around the implications of so much death and injury. Head shots. Chest shots.

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Posted: 4/16/2010 5:12:23 AM 

 

A lot has happened in Bangkok since Saturday 10th April, a day that will be a defining one for the future political landscape.

 

The political ball remains in play. High in the air, the demands, accusations, recriminations and growing hatred will rain down. Both sides are scrambling in this environment, seeking to press home an advantage.

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Posted: 4/12/2010 5:11:09 AM 

 

A common complaint is that there is too much information. Circling your life, online, off-line, floating like a cloud over your head, and it is threatening to rain. It is one thing to get wet, it is another to have your mind scorched by the acid rain of half-truths and lies.

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Posted: 4/9/2010 4:18:27 AM 

 

On Wednesday evening 7th April, a State of Emergency was declared for Bangkok and surrounding areas. This makes the 4th such ‘state’ to be announced by a Thai government since 2008.

 

Apparently there is a legal distinction between a ‘normal’ and ‘serious’ State of Emergency. The prime minister has declared his State of Emergency declaration is in the serious category.

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Posted: 4/8/2010 5:49:13 AM 

 

We all age with some ageing better than others. In the expat community in Bangkok, there are many retirees from the West, Japan, and China among others who have discovered a community of the newly minted aged. In Colin Cotterill’s collection of stories, Ageing Disgracefully takes a humorous and life-affirming look at lives of people who, though considerably advanced in years, are still behaving very, very naughtily.

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Posted: 4/2/2010 3:09:42 AM 

 

Review by Chris Bilkey

PAYING BACK JACK

 

Christopher G. Moore


I have come late to Christopher Moore's PI novels featuring Vincent Calvino. And that's been my loss.

Moore has lived in Bangkok for twenty years, and it shows. His knowledge of the hidden Bangkok, the crime, the politics and the people shines through. And his writing recalls the gritty noir of Chandler and the intrigue of Le Carre with a dry humour thrown in.

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Posted: 4/1/2010 2:16:55 AM 

 

Seven minutes isn’t a long time. Days fly past as if they were seven minutes. Months travel like a bullet train. The way we think of time is likely very different than the way authors and readers and just about everyone else one hundred years ago.

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Posted: 3/26/2010 6:49:51 AM 

 

I came across a large print copy of Paying Back Jack. http://www.wfhowes.co.uk/catalogue/titles.php?&t=4563

 

ISBN: 978 1 40745 789 5

 

The publisher in the UK is W.F. Howes Ltd.

 

The large print edition will be released in June 2010.

 

W.F. Howes also publishes a number of other crime, mystery and thriller writers, including: Ian Fleming, Vince Flynn, Jason Goodwin, David Hewson, Arnaldur Indridason, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Bernard Knight, Dennis Lehane, Henning Mankell, Walter Mosley, Barbara Nadel, Robert B Parker, George P Pelecanos, Michael Robotham, Peter Temple, Fred Vargas, and Qiu Xiaolong.

 

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Posted: 3/23/2010 10:21:18 PM 

 

On Sunday 21st March Dean Barrett, Stephen Leather and me signed books at the Texas Lonestar Bar in Washington Square.

 

Here is a photo of the three of us inside one of the booths at the Lonestar.

 

Those who are familiar with the Vincent Calvino series will know that this is the same bar where the private eye often has lunch. In the series the bar is called The Lonesome Hawk.

 

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Posted: 3/21/2010 10:50:29 PM 

 

Every time I’m writing a book I am reaching out as if in the thin air of imagination. Readers are reaching out, too. Where we meet is inside a story. This blog is about the making of a story in Bangkok on a wet Wednesday morning as I walked up Sukhumvit Road from the Asoke intersection. The street was choked with demonstrators. Thousands of them dressed in red shirts, hats, beating their hand clappers. Traffic had virtually stopped. The stated goal of the red shirts was to march to the prime minister’s family compound on Sukhumvit Road, Soi 31 with the announced intention to spill blood.

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Posted: 3/19/2010 6:29:23 AM 

 

Yesterday I posted my account of the red demonstration on Sukhumvit Road. I walked among the crowd from the Sukhumvit and Asoke intersection to Soi 31. Along the way I took a series of photographs. Below is a slide show of additional photographs from Wednesday morning.

 

As a novelist, I am a storyteller. These photographs are like a short story; a slice of a rainy Wednesday morning in Bangkok. A Sukhumvit Road story told in a series of images. Inside the larger political story, were lots of Twitter sized personal stories. I sought them out. The expression on a person’s face in a huge crowd tells a story.

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Posted: 3/18/2010 5:53:03 AM 

 

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