Colin “Mac” McDonald is a disgraced prosecutor who now works the seedy areas of Bangkok as a private investigator from his office above a go-go bar, assisted by Ai, a stunningly beautiful Thai who is his office manager and soul mate when not working as a dancer.
When one of Ai’s co-workers and her client become victims of a ritualistic murderer, the authorities want the case handled with discretion, so as to avoid damaging the tourist trade. The club’s manager, who has considerable political clout, insists that Mac be involved in the investigation so that it doesn’t get swept under the carpet.
The murder is quickly followed by others, perpetrated by a fanatical killer who seems inspired by a misinterpretation of the Biblical Book of Revelations. Mac is partnered with a straight-laced Royal Thai Police detective. Their investigation takes them on a tour of both the glitzy tourist spots and the dark corners that tourists rarely experience.
The book provides a fascinating and authentic view of Bangkok that one won’t find in the guidebooks and should prove particularly interesting to fans of John Burdett, expats and anybody who has visited Thailand or hopes to do so.
This is the third novel I’ve read by T. Hunt Locke. I enjoy the richly detailed settings, the historical perspectives and the complex, conflicted characters that he weaves into his stories.
Colin McDonald, Big Mac, is the Dick Tracy of the Bangkok Red Light District. Naughty hookers and jealous boyfriends is his stock in trade. But now something much more sinister has arisen. A cunning killer, murdering in the name of the Bible, a soldier of Christ, is sending shock waves up and down Bangkok's famed nightlife district. The Police want the murder spree kept under wraps and extinguished. Big Mac has been chosen to make that happen. Can he unlock the Biblical mystery that has unleashed this wicked murder spree? Does the answer lay deep in Thailand's rich yet murky history? Follow Colin 'Big Mac' McDonald as he travels down Bangkok's exotic and hazy alleyways in search of the answers needed to unlock a mystery and capture a fanatical killer.