James Newman describes his style as Pulp Noir and I'd say he's nailed it. Reading his books, I find myself listening to Humphrey Bogart reciting the text in my head. Then I discovered a YouTube link where actor James Marengo reads the opening paragraphs of Red Night Zone (the 2nd book in this trilogy) and it clicked why Bogie was sitting alongside while I read. Newman has a lyrical, almost poetic style that's just begging to be read aloud... although that's far from a requirement.
In The White Flamingo, Newman captures the essence of the Thai sex industry and the many characters who populate it. He writes about Fun City, I'm assuming this is Pattaya, but his name suggests the irony that for a place that is so popular, there are a hell of a lot of deeply troubled people there. The book captures that dichotomy to a tee.
It's a terrific murder mystery from someone who knows Thailand inside out. Highly recommended.