Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A review of Bangkok City by author Thom Locke


I just finished reading James Newman’s latest noir mystery Bangkok City. What a read!! James is obviously comfortable in the noir style and, because of this, the reader easily slides into the Bangkok James skillfully etches.

However Bangkok City is not a case of style over substance which all too often is the case with noir fiction. In James’ hands the style only serves to enhance a gripping plot. The character development is efficient allowing the reader to develop empathy here, a bit of disgust there, and overwhelming sympathy in one forlorn character.

The only criticism I can think of is with the title itself. Unfortunately the “Bangkok” theme has been plowed so thoroughly, mostly by hacks I might add, that James’ terrific piece of work may be ignored as just another attempt by a farang to describe the seedy aspects of Bangkok. Of course, Bangkok is so much more than that, and so is James’ gritty tale.

James Newman’s Bangkok City is available at www.bangkokbooks.com. Buy The Book!!!