Christopher G. Moore is known all around the (reading) world for his books featuring the Krung Thep (Bangkok) based PI Vincent Calvino, an ex-New Yorker, ex-lawyer and now Ex-Pat in "the Land of Smiles". Only that poor Vince has seen more ugly sides of the "Land of the Free" behind those ubiquous smiles in only 10 years than he ever wanted to see in a lifetime, as in 9 Gold Bullets
This time I had the great pleasure to read a book totally different from his former ones, also from the "Land-of-Smiles-Trilogy", his Stand-alones like Waiting for the Lady
, a very actual book about Myanmar's Nobel Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, or Tokyo Joe
, touching the untouchable Unit 731, for example.
The present book is a hymn at what?
AT THE BEER!
Yet the introductions of the chapters are all about BEER: citations from Homer G. Simpson to Jack Nicholson, Caesar or Carter, all center around this precious, golden liquid...BEER!
And so on it goes, this book, surely a One-of-a-Kind!
So - the exotic location, Pattaya at the Gulf of Thailand, known for its great diversity of bars - strip-tease mostly, and the normally all-of-one-kind visitors from all around the globe, is the set.
The actors are a Gentle Giant namad Duvel, US-Ex-Pat and Volunteer Policeman, his stepmother Ayaporn and her chinese friend.
Then we have a group of mixed genders around a Moscow thug named Vladimir who sees himself as Bill, yes, Bill from the Tarantino movie "Kill Bill". But behind the scene this group is lighthanded dominated by Alisa, a stoic ex-Moscow escort with skills in martial arts, shooting, and before all in organizing a theft of arms.
Which takes us to the Chinese godfather Sia Dom, blessed with a son named "BEER"!
Blessed??? You will see,. all but blessed is that poor father!
His son has in mind only his "Girl"-friend Tiffany, a kateoy who wants to win the Pattaya Beauty-contest for Transgenders...
Add to this - yet disturbing garden-variety of odd characters - ca. 5.000 US Naval and Marines for the annual R & R named Cobra Gold in search of happiness aka heavy drinking, fraternizing with the locals of every gender and getting into trouble...
So You will find Tweeting Montana, a female officer, with about 10,000 twitter followers all over the world, Lopez, a male, in search for trouble whereever he goes, and a Kenia born marine called Lanny, who ends up to be related with the POTUS aka Mr Obama...
And all these oddities as main actors are not sufficient, no, to add some other odd types, there's Todd, owner of a bar and also of Morag aka Doctor Love, a makaw (no, not an ape - a bird), cursing with broadest Scottish accent and vocabulary.
At this point I will tell You nothing else, because if You aren't hooked now - You will never be!
Read and learn more about Pattaya, the Thai and Chinese people and culture than You - maybe - ever wanted to know about this paradise for the lost and lonesome, and the beautiful Gulf of Siam and its - also only temporary - inhabitants...