Review by Chris
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.
is the tenth Calvino novel, and together they represent a rich panorama of east
meets west. This time round Calvino is drawn into the murky world of private
prisons, political assassination and UN officialdom. Calvino is the hard-boiled
successor of Philip Marlowe, a damaged, beaten-down but never beaten protagonist
who doesn't know when to quit. The Bangkok he inhabits is full of life,
corruption and broken dreams. Moore drags you in to experience all of
Whether you try it for the exotic setting, the hard-boiled hero or
the intrigue and action, you won't be disappointed. And you'll be back for