contemporary murder set in Bangkok—a neighbor and friend, a young ex-hooker
turned artist, is found dead by an American millionaire’s minor wife.
Her rich expat husband hires Calvino to investigate.
searching for the killer in exclusive clubs and not-so-exclusive bars
of Bangkok, Calvino discovers that a minor wife—mia noi—has
everything to do with a woman’s status. From illegal cock fighting matches
to elite Bangkok golf clubs, Calvino finds himself caught in the crossfire
as he closes in on the murderer.
distinguishes Christopher G. Moore from other foreign authors setting
their stories in the Land of Smiles is how much more he understands
its mystique, the psyche of its populace and the futility of its round
residents trying to fit into its square holes.”
pursues in even greater detail in Minor Wife the changing social roles
of Thai women (changing, but not always quickly or for the better) and
their relations among themselves and across class lines and other barriers.”
attention to detail and 3-D characterization make Minor Wife
much more than just another crime novel.”
—Farang Magazine (Thailand)
thriller moves in those convoluted circles within which Thai life and
society takes place. Moore’s knowledge of these gives insights
into many aspects of the cultural mores. Many of these are unknown to
the expat population, most of whom spend their time living in blissful
ignorance of the Thai dark underbelly. . . . Great writing, great story
and a great read. Get it, you will not be disappointed.”