6 October 2009 0 Comments

Moore’s new Thailand noir

Christopher G. Moore has book 10 in his terrific Vincent Calvino crime series out this week. “Paying Back Jack”, which will be out in December in the UK. I love the Calvino series for the way it leads the reader into the underbelly of Bangkok in the company of its Italian-Jewish New Yorker private eye. PBJ gives us that and much more. Moore creates a cast of vibrant characters worthy of the best Elmore Leonard caper for this hard-edged, stylish mystery. With the story of snarling Special Ops hitmen and smiling Thai hookers, Moore skewers the simplistic logic of the “war on terror,” lays bare its worldwide destructive power, and shows the price it makes people pay. His Vincent Calvino is at once in the finest tradition of the lone private detective and a complete original. You can also read my interview with Moore from earlier this year.

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