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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.

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Posted: 8/6/2009 3:54:16 AM 

 

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.

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Posted: 7/30/2009 10:36:25 PM 

 



The Corruptionist
By

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.

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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.

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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:
http://www.internationalcrimeauthors.com/
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Posted: 7/17/2009 4:21:57 AM 

 

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).

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Posted: 7/14/2009 4:37:43 AM 

 

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.

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Posted: 7/10/2009 5:21:49 AM 

 

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


Author:
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

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Posted: 7/8/2009 10:33:39 PM 

 

Cameron Hughes interviewed me for the Rap Sheet last March in Kona, Hawaii. I was attending the Left Coast Crime Conference. Film maker Tito Haggardt produced and edited the video.

 

“In his novels, Moore writes about Bangkok as if it were one of the most famous cities of noir fiction. The nightlife there comes off as mysterious, dangerous, and exciting and the people in power are cast as no less corrupt than their counterparts might be in America. He makes Bangkok breathe and work as an important part of his cast. It’s akin to what George Pelecanos does with Washington, D.C., and what Don Winslow does with San Diego. Moore is a stylist much like the writers of the early to mid-20th century who kick-started the P.I. genre in America. He writes with the angry and sad voice of Ross Macdonald and the flow of and beauty of Raymond Chandler. Penning his books in the third-person, he uses allegory and symbolism to great effect. The Calvino series is distinctive and wonderful, not to be missed, and I’m pleased to see that it is finally becoming better known in the States.” Link to full article and videos: http://therapsheet.blogspot.com/2009/07/long-line-of-zen-men.html ...
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Posted: 7/8/2009 12:31:00 AM 

 

The Case of David Carradine in the Eyes of Forensic Science

It was a death that created shock waves, more so because of the sexual connotations associated to it than because it was that of a movie star. David Carradine is not that big a star in Hollywood, but he is relatively well known because of his recent work in hit movies like the Kill Bill volumes.

Those of you who follow the movie industry news will know that this aging Kung Fu star was recently found dead, hanging inside a closet in his hotel room in Bangkok where he was shooting for the movie Stretch. The death made the headlines because of the many ropes tied around the body – one around the neck, the other around his genitals, and the third around his hands....
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Posted: 6/24/2009 6:51:12 AM 

 

I am a writer, a reader and a collector of books including some prized first editions. My first edition collection is modest. It includes The End of An Affair by Graham Greene (signed). Collecting books is a passion for many readers. For others it is an investment. Whatever your motivation for buying a book to add to your library price is always a consideration.

Since my books were published by various Thai publishers over the years, and the print runs were modest by large publishing house standards, in recent years, the second hand market has seen my books register eye-popping prices. Below is an example of the some of the prices. A reprint edition of Spirit House (as seen below) on offer for $449.

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Posted: 6/23/2009 5:27:04 AM 

 

East is East, and West is West and never the twain shall meet. Or said Rudyard Kipling. Always beware of the half truth; it trips people up, makes them swallow a half as if it were the whole.

 

The truth is in 2009 they do meet—online, chat rooms, Skype, bars, shopping malls, Starbucks, museums, bookstores, and through mutual friends. Why is that suddenly the whole concept of globalization shuts down the minute sex enters the equation? This is no longer Rudyard Kipling universe. But from the opinions and reviewers I’ve read about a recent book (see below) by IHT journalist Richard Bernstein, it is as if the sun still never set on the British Empire.

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Posted: 6/18/2009 6:40:38 AM 

 

Writers, by their nature, observe, notice, and process life. That is the conventional view. But what happens when the accelerated is pressed to the floorboard, and life becomes a blur. How well can we observe and make sense of the jumbled motion?

 

Life in Bangkok flies by at warp speed. One sanctuary is a park off Sukhumvit Road. A place of peace and contemplation located deep inside the boiling pot of daily distractions. Everyone is looking for meaning and most are looking for it in the wrong place. The destination isn’t so much a place for the state of mind a place creates.

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Posted: 6/17/2009 6:07:51 AM 

 

Anyone who has learnt to speak Thai understands the difficulty of the task. Mastering a new vocabulary, grammar, and syntax requires patience and practice, and if one is persistence, after a few years, you find yourself speaking and understanding the language.

 

Why is learning a new language such as Thai so difficult. Part of the answer is that our brains have been wired for a grammar and syntax template that is alien to its counterpart in Thai. That is what makes literal translations, well, so literal, and often so over the top funny. There are entire websites devoted to the humorous translations found throughout the world.

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Posted: 6/16/2009 5:36:11 AM 

 

Pundits have for the past year danced around those shoveling dirt onto the grave of traditional publishers. Not that publishers will vanish into the hole any time soon. But the emergence of ebooks seems ready to drive the mass of readers to electronic readers. 

God of Darkness is the ebook you’ve been waiting for. You have the chance to read one of my standalone novels on a different format.

 

God of Darkness is available as an ebooks that can be downloaded to a variety of readers.

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Posted: 6/12/2009 3:47:17 AM 

 

One of the great challenges to creativity is the Internet as a portal to seemingly unlimited information. Entering that portal turns many of us into yak shavers. We finish with one yak, then another comes along, and another and at the end of the day, the floor is covered with pretty much an indistinguishable amount of yak hair which we’ve done nothing to weave into the next magical garment of the mind. Piles and piles of that hair build day after day until we no longer remember why we came to shave the yak or what in God’s name we will ever do with all the hair we’ve found.

 

We are not alone.

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Posted: 6/10/2009 1:17:39 AM 

 


Images of Bangkok are used by Tito Haggardt who shot this book trailer for The Risk of Infidelity Index.
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Posted: 6/8/2009 2:59:41 AM 

 


www.david-carradine.com


Dying under mysterious circumstances in Thailand if you are a famous American actor is bound to attract international coverage. I first saw the first coverage on Thursday night on the BBC news around 10.00 p.m. News of Carradine’s death has been picked up in virtually every major newspaper around the world. David Carradine’s death in a Bangkok hotel on 4th June 2009 will shine a spotlight on Thailand, the tourism industry and police investigations and methods used when a foreigner is found dead.

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Posted: 6/5/2009 12:21:39 AM 

 

“The Heisenberg uncertainty principle states that certain pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot both be known to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the less precisely the other can be known. It is impossible to measure simultaneously both position and velocity of a microscopic particle with any degree of accuracy or certainty.”   

 

On the quantum level Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty explains the weirdness of the state of a particle. The act of observation will fix the state. What does this have to do with writing or reading fiction? China Miéville makes a case drawing upon Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty. And in my view, there are some problems with making such analogy.

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Posted: 5/27/2009 2:44:52 AM 

 

Writers and boxers stand their ground and try their level best to win by a knock out. But it has always been easier to identify who wins a boxing match. With fiction, things aren’t so easy. Writers expose our inner most secrets. Readers stagger against the emotional ropes when realize what they believe as reality is little more than a tissue of selfishness, deception, hypocrisy, or irrationality.

 

Think of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eight-Four. The full power of the state is often complicit in the delusion manufacturing and distribution machinery that converts injustice and unfairness into its opposite. Thus books are banned, writers jailed, exiled or murdered. Schools become indoctrination centers. Teachers become the agents of official truth. A serious writer, like a boxer, must be able to take a punch, too. Most of the writers I know can.

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Posted: 5/26/2009 2:21:17 AM 

 

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