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Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith.
 
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The fearless investigative reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow the same week that a mob billionaire, Grisha Grigorenko, is shot and buried with the trappings due a lord. No one makes the connection, but Arkady is transfixed by the tapes he discovers of Tatiana’s voice, even as she describes horrific crimes hidden by official versions.
 
The trail leads to Kaliningrad, a Cold War “secret city” and home of the Baltic Fleet, separated by hundreds of miles from the rest of Russia.
Arkady delves into Tatiana’s past and a surreal world of wandering dunes and amber mines.
His only link is a notebook written in the personal code of a translator whose body is found in the dunes.
Arkady’s only hope of decoding the symbols lies in Zhenya, a teenage chess hustler.

 

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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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Second Watch by J.A. Jance.
 
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Getting old is hell. J. P. Beaumont is finally taking some time off to have knee-replacement surgery.
But instead of taking his mind off work, the operation plunges him into one of the most perplexing and mind blowing mysteries he's ever faced.
 
A series of dreams takes him back to his early days on the force with the Seattle PD, and then even earlier, to his days in Vietnam, reminding him of people and events he hasn't thought about in years.
Are they just drug-induced hallucinations?
Beaumont isn't so sure.
When tugging on those threads from long ago leads to present-day murders, Beau's suspicions are confirmed.
Some bodies from the second watch just won't stay buried.
 
A masterful demonstration of J. A. Jance's superb craftsmanship, Second Watch is a thought provoking novel that is also a poignant look at one of the most painful and divisive moments in our history Vietnam and a reminder of the staggering cost of war and the debts we owe to those who served then and those who do now.

 

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Library of the Dead by Glenn Cooper.

 

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The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed ...

 

A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City: nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he's claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. 

Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each received a sick postcard in the mail before they died,a postcard that announced their date of death. 

In desperation, the FBI assigns the case to maverick agent Will Piper, once the most accomplished serial killing expert in the bureau's history, now on a dissolute spiral to retirement. 

 

Battling his own demons, Will is soon drawn back into a world he both loves and hates, determined to catch the killer whatever it takes.

 But his search takes him in a direction he could never have predicted, uncovering a shocking secret that has been closely guarded for centuries. 

A secret that once lay buried in an underground library beneath an 8th Century monastery, but which has now been unearthed with deadly consequences.

 A select few defend the secret of the library with their lives and as Will closes in on the truth, they are determined to stop him, at any cost ...

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My Name Lon. You Like Me? by Derek Sharron.

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This book is the story of a young woman who worked for years as a Thai bargirl servicing Western sex tourists, beginning at the age of 14. Lon talks about the pressure from her family, especially her mother, to send increasingly larger sums of money home to her family in the rural north of Thailand. This, in turn, causes her to take on increasing more unpleasant Western customers, who are willing to pay premium prices for sex partners they can treat roughly and abusively. 

The book offers a rare insight into the Thai prostitution industry and explains where these girls come from (generally poor rural areas), and why they get into this business. This is NOT a book about a woman forced into sexual slavery against her will. Lon comes off as a complainer, blaming everyone else, her mother, her brother, her customers, for poor decisions she made in the quest for more money. In the end, she marries a Westerner and moves to Sweden, where she takes on a job as a stripper?
So while it's tough to feel any real sympathy for Lon, the insights into the Thai prostitution industry are fascinating.

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Winner Take Nothing by Ernest Hemingway.
 
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We have many like this in the Classics section at *****60 baht
 
Written when Hemingway was at the height of his creative powers, the stories in Winner Take Nothing glow with the mark of his unique talent.
 
Hunters, wives, old men of wisdom, waiters, fighters, women loved, women lost: they are all here, living on the raw edge, making love, facing the inevitable reality of death.
 
The characters, the dialogue, the settings, the remarkable insight could have come only from Hemingway's imagination.
As an introduction to his work, or as an overview of the themes he developed at greater length in his novels, it is a stunningly successful collection.
From one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

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9.11: The New Evidence: Fully Updated and Revised
by Ian Henshall.
 
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A sequel to 9/11 Revealed , this work examines the precedents of black operations by the US/UK, from Northern Ireland to Italy, from Vietnam to Kosovo.
It looks at the various 9/11 theories, including the twists in the official story, and tests them against the evidence.

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A Gambler's Little Instruction Book by John Gollehon.
 
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This small book is a concise treasure.
It's 121 pithy insights into the gambling world, drawn from Gollehon's years as a leading industry insider.
Among them are bits of wisdom he worked out for himself alongside those he gathered from his mentors, peers and other gaming experts.
Some are witty and some sober.
Some examine the nature of gaming and others speak to the mentality of players or the industry.
Loaded with both common sense and the thrill of the game, this little treasure will bring smiles from anyone who enjoys gambling in any form of its forms.

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My Secret Life 1 (Classic Erotica) by Henry Spencer Ashbee.
 
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Authorship of the book is mysterious.
Henry Spencer Ashbee, a book collector, writer & bibliographer notable for his particular focus on sexuality is suspected by some to be "Walter".
He is very likely the compiler of the book's index, the provider of some editorial assistance & the person who saw the text into print.
Gershon Legman was 1st to link "Walter" & Ashbee in Legman's introduction to the 1962 reprints of Ashbee's bibliographies.
The 1966 Grove Press edition of My Secret Life included an expanded version of that essay.
More recently, however, Ian Gibson's The Erotomaniac: The Secret Life of Henry Spencer Ashbee (2001, ISBN 0-571-19619-5) provides a detailed review of circumstantial evidence arguing that Ashbee wrote My Secret Life, presumably weaving fantasy & anecdotes from friends in with his own real-life experiences. Just prior to this, in May 2000, Channel 4 UK broadcast a documentary, Walter-The Secret Life of a Victorian Pornographer, which also claimed that Ashbee was Walter.

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What's Your Name I'm Fine Thank You: Mugged by Reality in Bangkok and beyond by Roger Beaumont.
 
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Reader review;
I’m part of the Bangkok writing scene, having written in the 1980's the international bestseller Thai Gold, which, to my surprise, spawned a huge and whole genre of adventure thrillers based in the bars, backstreets and brothels of Bangkok (and the region) with its colorful characters, from ex spooks and Air America pilots to adventurers of all kinds.
I say this because I want to be up front about knowing Roger, and how much I admire his writing.
 
There’s few columnists (and I was once one myself) I have ever read anywhere, anytime period as consistently brilliant, original and thought provoking as Roger.
There’s few writers I know of his genius, yes, genius, who have only published one, single work and this is it.
He should have an international readership.
I’m not the only established writer who has urged him innumerable time to sit down and write a bloody book.
I’m still doing so….

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Casino Moon by Peter Blauner.
 
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The gritty story of a young mans attempts to forgo his family's Mafia lifestyle.
Growing up in the Atlantic City mob has left its mark on Anthony Russo.
He wants to go legit, but sometimes the lawful world can prove to be just as dirty.
And someone else's murder may be the only way to prevent his own.

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Espionage: The Greatest Spy Operations of the Twentieth Century by Ernest Volkman.
 
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This amazing collection of real life capers, con games, and subterfuges offers an eye opening glimpse of the unseen forces behind the most important events of the twentieth century. Documenting twenty eight secret operations, espionage expert Ernest Volkman unravels the mysteries and provides a shrewd assessment of the impact of covert activity on world history.

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Lawyers, Gems and Money The Max Green Murder and the Missing Millions by Paul Conroy.

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Pretty Boy Floyd by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana.
 
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The time is 1925. The place, St. Louis, Missouri. Charley Floyd, a good looking, sweet-smiling country boy from Oklahoma, is about to rob his first armored car.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry and his writing partner, Diana Ossana, Pretty Boy Floyd traces the wild career of this legendary American folk hero, a young man so charming that it's hard not to like him, even as he's robbing you at gunpoint.
From the bank heists and shootings that make him Public Enemy Number One to the women who love him, from the glamour-hungry nation that worships him to the G-men who track Charley down, Pretty Boy Floyd is both a richly comic masterpiece and an American tragedy about the price of fame and the corruption of innocence.

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The Road to McCarthy: Around the World in Search of Ireland
by Pete McCarthy.
 
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Pete McCarthy established one cardinal rule of travel in his bestselling debut, McCarthy's Bar:\
"Never pass a bar with your name on it."
In this equally wry and insightful follow up,his characteristic good humor, curiosity, and thirst for adventure take him on a fantastic jaunt around the world in search of his Irish roots, from Morocco, where he tracks down the unlikely chief of the McCarthy clan, to New York, and finally to remote Mccarthy, Alaska.
The Road to McCarthy is a quixotic and anything but typical Irish odyssey that confirms Pete McCarthy's status as one of our funniest and most incisive writers.
We have both these covers @ Canterbury Tales bookshop Pattaya.

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Tales From the South China Seas by Charles Allen.
 
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A chronicle of the adventures of the last generation of British men and women who went East to seek their fortunes.

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Billy by Pamela Stephenson.
 
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The inside story of the one of the most successful British stand up comedians, as told by the person best qualified to reveal all about the man behind the comic, his wife of over 20 years Pamela Stephenson.
 
Once in a lifetime, there strides upon the stage someone who can truly be called a legend.
Such a person is the inimitable, timeless genius who is Billy Connolly.
His effortlessly Wicked whimsy has entranced, enthralled and split the sides of, thousands upon thousands of adoring audiences.
 
And when he isn't doing that…he's turning in award winning performances on film and television.
 
He's the man who needs no introduction, and yet he is the ultimate enigma. From a troubled and desperately poor childhood in the docklands of Glasgow he is now the intimate of household names the world over.
 
How did this happen, who is the real Billy Connolly?
Only one person can answer that question: his wife, Pamela Stephenson.
Pamela’s writing combines the very personal with a frank objectivity that makes for a compelling, moving and hugely entertaining biography. This is the real Billy Connolly.
 
This genre defining book is now re-released for a new generation of comedy fans, with a stunning package and a new Foreword from the author.
Pamela’s vision of Billy is as true now as it ever was, as groundbreaking, as moving and as laugh out loud funny and here she brings the book fully into its context, as one of the most influential biographies ever written.

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Mass Market
by Anne Frank.
 
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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic, a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen year old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding.
For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building.
Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever present threat of discovery and death.
In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period.
By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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The hotel New Hampshire by John Irving.
 
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“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.”
So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves experienced, the deaths met, and the myriad strange and wonderful times encountered by the family Berry.
Hoteliers, pet-bear owners, friends of Freud (the animal trainer and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad fate, they “dream on” in a funny, sad, outrageous, and moving novel by the remarkable author of A Prayer for Owen Meany and Last Night in Twisted River.

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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
 
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Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women, the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia, both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry Ganya.
In the end, Myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.
In her revision of the Garnett translation, Anna Brailovsky has corrected inaccuracies wrought by Garnett’s drastic anglicization of the novel, restoring as much as possible the syntactical structure of the original.

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Be Cool by Elmore Leonard.
 
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BE COOL offers a second entertaining installment in the career of Chili Palmer, originally a Miami loan-shark but now a big-shot in Hollywood.
Chili gets interested in the music business acting for a girl singer with a lot of soul.
Trouble is, everything that happens to Chili strikes him as being material for another great movie ...

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Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe; by Michio Kaku & Jennifer Trainer Thompson.
 
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Beyond Einstein takes readers on an exciting excursion into the discoveries that have led scientists to the brightest new prospect in theoretical physics today, superstring theory.
What is superstring theory and why is it important?
This revolutionary breakthrough may well be the fulfillment of Albert Einstein's lifelong dream of a Theory of Everything, uniting the laws of physics into a single description explaining all the known forces in the universe.
Co-authored by one of the leading pioneers in superstrings, Michio Kaku, and completely revised and updated with the newest groundbreaking research, the book approaches scientific questions with the excitement of a detective story, offering a fascinating look at the new science that may make the impossible possible.

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Nuremberg Diary by Gustave Mark Gilbert.
 
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In August 1945 Great Britain, France, the USSR, and the United States established a tribunal at Nuremberg to try military and civilian leaders of the Nazi regime.
G. M. Gilbert, the prison psychologist, had an unrivaled firsthand opportunity to watch and question the Nazi war criminals.
With scientific dispassion he encouraged Göering, Speer, Hess, Ribbentrop, Frank, Jodl, Keitel, Streicher, and the others to reveal their innermost thoughts.
In the process Gilbert exposed what motivated them to create the distorted Aryan Utopia and the nightmarish worlds of Auschwitz, Dachau, and Buchenwald.
Here are their day-to-day reactions to the trial proceedings; their off the record opinions of Hitler, the Third Reich, and each other; their views on slave labor, death camps, and the Jews; their testimony, feuds, and desperate maneuverings to dissociate themselves from the Third Reich's defeat and Nazi guilt.
Dr. Gilbert's thorough knowledge of German, deliberately informal approach, and complete freedom of access at all times to the defendants give his spellbinding, chilling study an intimacy and insight that remains unequaled.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
 
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"Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound?"
 
The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog, rationalism against the supernatural, good against evil.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse.
It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.
The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.

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Mapping the Trail of a Serial Killer: How The World's Most Infamous Murderers Were Tracked Down; by Brenda Lewis.
 
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The idea of the wandering murderer, leaving a trail of mutilated bodies in his wake, has long fascinated followers of true crime. By charting the geography of the killer's actions, Mapping the Trail of a Serial Killer takes an innovative approach to exploring the killing sprees of more than 40 mass murderers from the early 20th century right up to the present day.
With specially commissioned maps pinpointing each killer's actions, Mapping the Trail of a Serial Killer reveals patterns of behavior and enables the reader to understand some of the thinking of the minds of men like Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, and Andrei Chikatilo.

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Lester: The Autobiography of Lester Piggott.
 
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The jockey Lester Piggott looks back on a career at the top which is unparalleled in both achievement and longevity.
It is the story of an extraordinary riding record that made him a household name, and also of his life out of the saddle.
He gives his views on the great horses he has ridden, the great races he has won and his often turbulent relationship with the sport's authorities.
He also assesses the outstanding performers from four generations of jockeys against whom he has competed, and analyzes his partnership with outstanding trainers.
Among aspects of his private life which are covered in the book are his deafness and the humiliation of his trial and conviction for tax fraud, which led to a term of imprisonment.

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