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The Thai Amulet by Lyn Hamilton.
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Bangkok, a city of heady contradictions, inspires Lara McClintock's sense of adventure and her impressive sleuthing skills when a fellow antiques dealer disappears without a trace.


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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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Learning to Kill by Ed McBain.
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Ed McBain made his debut in 1956.
In 2004, more than a hundred books later, he personally collected twenty five of his stories written before he was Ed McBain.
All but five of them were first published in the detective magazine Manhunt and none of them appeared under the Ed McBain byline. They were written by Evan Hunter (McBain's legal name as of 1952), Richard Marsten (a pseudonym derived from the names of his three sons), or Hunt Collins (in honor of his alma mater, Hunter College).
Here are kids in trouble and women in jeopardy.
Here are private eyes and gangs.
Here are loose cannons and innocent bystanders.
Here, too, are cops and robbers.
These are the stories that prepared Evan Hunter to become Ed McBain, and that prepared Ed McBain to write the beloved 87th Precinct novels.
In individual introductions, McBain tells how and why he wrote these stories that were the start of his legendary career.


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Moskva by Jack Grimwood.

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'A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma . . .'
January, 1986. A week after disgraced Intelligence Officer Tom Fox is stationed to Moscow the British Ambassador's fifteen year-old daughter goes missing.
Fox is ordered to find her, and fast.
But the last thing the Soviets want is a foreign agent snooping about on their turf.
Not when a killer they can't even acknowledge let alone catch is preparing to kill again.
A Cold War thriller haunted by an evil legacy from the Second World War, Moskva is a journey into the dark heart of another time and place.


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Cricket's Hall of Shame by Dave Warner.
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A celebration of the dull, dud and dead of Test and First Class cricket.
With a foreword by Greg Chappell, the book covers every ignoble cricket act from the Trevor Chappell underarm bowling incident to Dilip Doshi’s unbelievably bad batting.
The worst grounds, the worst sledging, and the most appalling umpiring decisions are all there.
Cricket’s Hall of Shame is the perfect gift for the man who has nothing but a beer gut and a good line of invective.


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The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett.
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His name was Feliks.
He came to London to commit a murder that would change history. A master manipulator, he had many weapons at his command, but against him were ranged the whole of the English police, a brilliant and powerful lord, and the young Winston Churchill himself.
These odds would have stopped any man in the world except the man from St. Petersburg...


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The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly.
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From one of the world’s best known development economists an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West’s efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world
In his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organizations to mitigate global poverty, and he was promptly fired by his then-employer, the World Bank.
The White Man’s Burden is his widely anticipated counterpunch, a brilliant and blistering indictment of the West’s economic policies for the world’s poor.
Sometimes angry, sometimes irreverent, but always clear eyed and rigorous, Easterly argues that we in the West need to face our own history of ineptitude and draw the proper conclusions, especially at a time when the question of our ability to transplant Western institutions has become one of the most pressing issues we face.


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The Keepers of Truth by Michael Collins.


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The last of a manufacturing dynasty in a dying industrial town, Bill lives alone in the family mansion and works for the "Truth," the moribund local paper.

He yearns to write long philosophical pieces about the American dream gone sour, not the flaccid write ups of bake off contests demanded by the "Truth."

Then, old man Lawton goes missing, and suspicion fixes on his son, Ronny.

Paradoxically, the specter of violent death breathes new life into the town. For Bill, a deeper and more disturbing involvement with the Lawtons ensues.

The Lawton murder and the obsessions it awakes in the town come to symbolize the mood of a nation on the edge.

Compulsively readable, "The Keepers of Truth" startles both with its insights and with Collins's powerful, incisive writing.



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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma.
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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny by motivational speaker and author Robin Sharma is an inspiring tale that provides a step by step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out of balance life, and the subsequent wisdom that he gains on a life changing odyssey that enables him to create a life of passion, purpose and peace.


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The Fifth Witness (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly.
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Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times.
He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home.
Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty.
Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too and he's certain he's on the right trail.
Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.
Connelly proves again why he "may very well be the best novelist working in the United States today"


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A Cure for All Diseases (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 21)
by Reginald Hill.
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The new psychological thriller featuring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular detective duo and stars of the long running TV series, following on from the bestselling Death of Dalziel
He may have been in a coma but it would take an act of God to put Superintendent 'Fat' Andy Dalziel down for good.
In the meantime, He will settle for a few weeks' bed rest.
SandyTown, a pleasant seaside resort devoted to healing, seems just the ticket and when a fellow newcomer appears in the shapely form of psychologist Charlotte Heywood, Dalziel develops an unexpected passion for alternative therapy.
But Sandytown's warring landowners have grandiose plans for the resort, one of them has to go and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate, with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support. And Pascoe soon finds dark forces at work in a place where holistic remedies are no match for the oldest cure of all…


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Capo by Peter Watson.
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Sicily, 1879: After successfully smuggling a severed human ear past the police, Silvio Randazzo completes his dangerous first rite of passage from peasant boy to Mafia soldier.
The ear is a chilling ransom demand from Antonino Greco, Italy's most famous and feared Mafioso.
But it is not until Silvio makes his first vendetta killing that he truly "makes his bones" as a worthy member of the society that values honor above all and rewards betrayal with death.
New Orleans, 1880: By exterminating the rivals of Angelo Priola, the most powerful gangster in America's most decadent city, the newly arrived Silvio makes his mark in the fledgling underworld of his new homeland.
As the forces of the law close in on the notorious Greco, and dangerous new players vie for Priola territory, the cunning, ruthless, and ever more ambitious Silvio watches the path made clear for his ascension to the throne of Capo; boss of bosses. . . .
Based on fact, here is a stunning novel of the criminal empire that brought the mob to America, and the man who oversaw its bloody birth. . . .


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The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell.
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When an eleven-year-old girl is found murdered, Kay Scarpetta, Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia, gets another chance at stopping one of the most heartless and horrifying serial killers of her career: the demented Temple Gault.


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Killa: The Autobiography of Kevin Kilbane.
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Kevin Kilbane is Ireland's third most capped player of all time, with 110 appearances for his country, including an incredible 66 consecutive matches.
He played more than 600 matches at professional level, and in Ireland is nothing less than a folk hero.
But things could have been very different.
Kilbane grew up the hard way, enduring a tough Lancashire childhood with his Irish immigrant family.
It was only his prowess on the pitch, and subsequent signing with his childhood club Preston North End, that gave him the opportunity to escape poverty.
Kilbane has since built a formidable reputation as an honest, dedicated professional who always gave his very best, he became a firm favourite with fans at the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Wigan and Hull, as well, of course, as Ireland, before he retired in 2012.
Nowadays he is making a name for himself as a thoughtful analyst of the game on television and radio.
But football is not the only passion in his life: as the parent of a daughter with Down's syndrome, he gives as much time and support as he can to the Down's Syndrome Association and Down's Syndrome Ireland, to which all the royalties from this book are being donated.
Kilbane's autobiography is a genuinely inspiring story of a stalwart of the beautiful game.


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Sukhumvit Road by David Young.
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Bami is Bangkok's #1 butterfly girl, fluttering from dream to dream and lover to lover.
Her life turns upside down as former boyfriends and present beaus suddenly converge over one long weekend in the City of Angels.
There's Nathan, a thoroughly deluded young Bachelor set on marrying her.
Owen, an ex-minister hoping to erase his sins in forbidden love. Frank, the broken hearted bar owner whose life is spinning out of control, and Roley, an alcoholic writing the story of her life.
Filled with laughter and demons, the shocking and the hilarious, David Young weaves a no holds barred tale of Bangkok that urban legend can't compete with.
And it all takes place on Sukhumvit Road.


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All the Colours of Darkness (Inspector Banks #18)
by Peter Robinson.
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A beautiful June day in the Yorkshire Dales, and a group of children are spending the last of their half term freedom swimming in the river near Hipswell Woods.
But the idyll is shattered by their discovery of a man's body, hanging from a tree.


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A Touch Of Frost: by R D Wingfield.
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Detective Inspector Jack Frost, officially on duty, is nevertheless determined to sneak off to a colleague's leaving party.
But first the corpse of a well known local junkie is found blocking the drain of a Denton public lavatory and then, when Frost attempts to join the revels later on, the nubile daughter of a wealthy businessman is reported missing.
Sleepy Denton has never known anything like the crime wave which now threatens to submerge it.
A robbery occurs at the town's notorious strip joint, the pampered son of a local MP is suspected of a hit and run offence and, to top it all, a multiple rapist is on the loose.
Frost is reeling under the strain, his paperwork is still in arrears and now, more than ever, his self-righteous colleagues would love to see him sacked.
But the manic Frost manages to assure his superior that all is under control. Now he has only to convince himself...


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Plum Island: Number 1 in series by Nelson DeMille.
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NYPD homicide detective John Corey has moved to Long Island, restlessly recuperating from wounds received in the line of duty when he's hired to consult on the murder of Tom and Judy Gordon, biologists who worked on Plum Island, the site of animal disease research for the Department of Agriculture.
Were the Gordons murdered because they'd stolen some valuable new vaccine, or even a dreaded virus?
They'd obviously outspent their income.
Had they been running drugs?
Corey doesn't think so, although an ice-chest missing from their home points to something forbidden.
He teams up with Beth Penrose, detective, working her first homicide & their visit to Plum Island reveals only that the FBI & CIA have sanitised the place.
Then Corey falls in with Emma Whitehouse, an expert on Captain Kidd's lost treasure which is thought to be buried nearby...
PLUM ISLAND is a thrilling novel from an author of consummate page-turning skill.
This is the title that knocked John Grisham off the top of the US bestseller lists and held the No.1 spot for five weeks.


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The Panther (John Corey Novel) 2016 by Nelson DeMille.
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Anti Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen-one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East.
While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS "Cole" bombing: a high ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther.
Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.
As latecomers to a deadly game, John and Kate don't know the RULES, the players, or the score.
What they do know is that there is more to their assignment than meets the eye and that the hunters are about to become the hunted.
Filled with breathtaking plot turns and told in John Corey's inimitable voice,
THE PANTHER is a brilliant depiction of one of the most treacherous countries in the world and raises disturbing questions about whether we can ever know who our enemies, or our allies really are.


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The Dogs Of War by Frederick Forsyth.
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An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever.
But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find.
A ruthless and bloody minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president.
But news of the discovery has reached Russia and suddenly Manson finds he no longer makes the RULES in this power game.
A game in which win or lose means life or death.


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Jackdaws by Ken Follett.


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Two weeks before D Day, the French Resistance attacks a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications but the building is heavily guarded and the attack fails disastrously.


Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all woman team known as the 'Jackdaws' and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless Intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance and Dieter is on Flick's trail...


From Ken Follett, the master storyteller and best selling author of Eye of the Needle and Code to Zero comes this exciting thriller, set against the menacing backdrop of the Second World War and crackling with suspense and action.



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By Christopher Parnell Hell's Prisoner: The Shocking True Story Of An Innocent Man Jailed For Eleven Years In Indonesia's Most Notorious Prisons.
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Prepare yourself for a journey into the indonesian penal system, a world where murder, torture and fights to the death are the norm.
Hell's Prisoner is the powerful story of one man's battle to survive in some of the world's cruellest and most inhumane prisons. Christopher Parnell, wrongly accused of drug trafficking, found himself catapulted into the maelstrom of madness and degradation that exists within Indonesian jails.
Surrounded by murderers and sadistic, violent criminals, he soon learned that life can be as cheap as a bowl of rice or a cigarette.
During his imprisonment, Parnell was subjected to unthinkable sessions of torture, both physical and psychological.
Left to starve and fight every day for his survival, he was forced to eat everything from cockroaches to human flesh.
This is an incredible tale of fatalism and bureaucracy, of corruption and the horrors of prison, but most of all it is a no holds barred account of what the human spirit can endure.


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We have a great selection of Classics @ Canterbury Tales Bookshop / Book exchange / Guesthouse / Cafe, Pattaya.


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Seven Days In May, 1962 by Fletcher Knebel & Charles W Bailey II


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The time is the Cold War.

The President and Congress have entered into a nuclear disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union.

The charismatic chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes that the Soviets will not abide by the treaty and he begins to plan a coup, setting the stage for a suspenseful story.



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