Bangkok Noir: The Tell-Tale Art

Bangkok Noir: The Tell-Tale Art

Crime and corruption, hookers and hitmen, the new anthology Bangkok Noir makes a case for hardboiled crime fiction in the Thai capital with bullet points. Jim Algie reads you their writes In the middle of 2011, some eight years after the Thai government’s “War on...
Review: Vulture Peak by John Burdett

Review: Vulture Peak by John Burdett

THE PEAK OF THE FLESH TRADE By Jim Algie Starting with the first shot, the brilliantly warped Bangkok 8, the series of John Burdett mysteries starring the Thai-American detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep have traded on flesh: of sex workers and the transgendered, the skin...
The Great Godparents of the Bangkok Bargirls Memoir

The Great Godparents of the Bangkok Bargirls Memoir

No two books about prostitution in Asia have created so many imitators and detractors as the recently reprinted A Woman of Bangkok and The World of Suzie Wong, or inspired so many appalling memoirs about Bangkok bargirls By Jim Algie Years before the obscenity trial...
Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins

Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins

Double Lives: Searching for the Siamese Twins In this excerpt from the book, Bizarre Thailand: Tales of Crime, Sex and Black Magic, Jim Algie examines the remarkable lives of the Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, from growing up as poor fishermen in rural Thailand to...
Straits Times reviews Bizarre Thailand

Straits Times reviews Bizarre Thailand

Mark Fenn has just reviewed Bizarre Thailand in Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper, giving the book an all round thumbs up. Illuminating and irreverent, it offers a taste of Thailand far from Bangkok’s glitzy shopping malls and the well-worn tourist trails, delving...