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Calvino novels

Asia Hand
Second in the series

Asia Hand
ISBN 974-87171-2-7
Paperback 5" - 7 3/4"
2000, 277 pages


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Winner of 2010 Shamus Award for
Best Original Paperback

Bangkok—the Year of the Monkey. Calvino’s Chinese New Year celebration is interrupted by a call to Lumpini Park Lake, where Thai cops have just fished the body of a farang cameraman. CNN is running dramatic footage of several Burmese soldiers on the Thai border executing students.

Calvino follows the trail of the dead man to a feature film crew where he hits the wall of silence. On the other side of that wall, Calvino and Colonel Pratt discover and elite film unit of old Asia hands with connections to influential people in Southeast Asia. They find themselves matched against a set of farangs conditioned for urban survival and willing to go for a knock-out punch.



In Asia Hand, Moore delivers a gritty view of Bangkok, a city of “contrasts” where “things that are never done happen just about every day.

Fast moving and hypnotic, this was a great read.
Crime Spree Magazine

In Asia Hand, Christopher Moore builds the atmosphere, the ugliness, brilliantly.... This ain’t pretty boy, touristy stuff that passes for detective fiction.... The wash of human degradation threatens to drown you.
—Tarun Cherian, Deccan Herald (India)

Moore’s hard-boiled, noir plots and style place him hands-down as one of the top current crime writers.
—Tom McLaren, Gallup Journey

Navigating Bangkok’s dark sidestreets and myriad underground cultures requires keen insight as well as the courage to look at corruption but see the hope that lies beneath. Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer turned PI, has been doing that for years as Christopher G. Moore shows in his award-winning series.
—Mystery Scene Magazine, Oline H. Cogdill

Asia Hand is the kind of novel that grabs you and never lets go.
—The Times of Inda

Asia Hand is a skillfully crafted, addictive ride through one of the planet's most raw and vivid cities. Moore and Calvino define the dark pungent cocktail that is Asian noir.
Eliot Pattison, author of the “Inspector Shan” series

In [Asia Hand], crime writer Christopher G. Moore does what he does best: kill someone and let the brash, unsuave, unpretentious Calvino unearth the dirty details. What follows is a journey into the big, bad, dark world of Bangkok politics and double-dealings. The stakes are high when luck forsakes the duo.
—Hindustan Times

Moore's stylish second Bangkok thriller… explores the dark side of both Bangkok and the human heart. Felicitous prose speeds the action along….
—Publishers Weekly

[Asia Hand] highly recommended to readers of hard-boiled detective fiction, as well as the classic American tough-guy authors (Raymond Chandler or, more recently, Robert B. Parker).

A well-crafted piece of modern noir fiction … well plotted, intricate and intelligent … What makes [Asia Hand] work is Moore’s insights into the interactions between ex-pats/foreigners (farangs) in Thailand and the Thai people… [Moore’s Vincent Calvino] series is great and beats the pants off of most crime fiction sitting on the shelves of my local bookstore.
—NancyO, www.2010theyearinbooks.com

Moore’s Vinny Calvino is a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.
—The Nation

The top foreign author focussing on the Land of Smiles, Canadian Christopher G. Moore clearly has a first-hand understanding of the expat milieu. . . . Moore is perspicacious.
—Bangkok Post

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