Vincent Calvino series belongs on every Asian crime list."
Christopher recently spoke at the Pattaya City Expats club. A
summary of his talk is reported in the Pattaya Mail
Traversing, June, 2011
Bangkok Post: Tales needing telling
Papers & Nightlife Thailand
more Infomation about the Calvino series:
Spade Reincarnated as Bangkok-based PI Vinnie Calvino
the words of Vincent Calvino
have no attachments. Next life I will make a perfect Buddhist.
But in this life I am paying off the karma of a last life. I am
an ex-lawyer from New York City. No one gets himself born in New
York City without having made some major mistake in the last life.
Whatever that mistake was, it was bad enough to cause me to abandon
New York City for Bangkok. Flipped from the wok straight into
the fire. For the past dozen years, I've been solving crimes in
Southeast Asia, keeping and trying not to get burnt.
City of Angels. Only most of the halos are tarnished. Their wings
are often clipped.
have been known to take cases just about anywhere in Southeast
Asia. For expense and a daily fee. Getting paid is another matter.
It’s never been about the money. Although my home turf is Bangkok,
I have also taken jobs in Phnom Penh, Saigon and Pattaya, and
am always looking to expand my horizon.
matter where I am tracking down a lead, anytime you take a job
in Southeast Asia you can expect to ride a knife’s edge. I spend
a lot of time looking for an angle in places that only toss up
curves. And curves comes the razor. The rules of geometry don't
apply to the curves attached to chrome poles, moving black light
to the beat of fast music.
16th September, The Private Eye Writers of America announced that
Asia Hand, the second book
in the Vincent Calvino private eye series, had won the Shamus
Award in the Best
Paperback Original category for the Shamus Awards.
The Shamus Awards are sponsored annually by the Private Eye Writers
literary awards for the Vincent Calvino series:
German Critics Award for Crime Fiction
of 2007 Premier Special Director Book Award Semana Negra,
in the City of Angels
working turf in Bangkok extends from the shopping malls, to
Nana Plaza, Patpong, and Soi Cowboy, to the slums of Klong Toey,
the racetrack at the Sports Club, and even the swanky shopping
malls. My clients are the expats who live and work in Thailand:
some live the good life on a fat package, others get by day
to day on a nickel and dime. They are the kind of ordinary people
who get themselves cheated, or find themselves in a bind or
get themselves killed. However you look at it, by the time they
or their next of kin walk into my office they are damaged.
cases involve greed, revenge, and business conflicts—the usual
reasons people find themselves in way over their head or on
the frontline where the body bags are filled with civilian casualties.
In Calvino’s world, most of those who survive don't go home
after one tour of duty. They become addicted to the front. Like
me, they volunteer for just one more tour.
a guardian angel, I would have been dead a long time ago. Buried.
Forgotten. My Shakespeare-quoting buddy Colonel Pratt is my
insurance policy. He’s my best friend. Pratt plays the sax,
he’s tough, honest and knows the hidden forces, the secret traps,
and keeping me alive is his karma. The colonel feels he owes
me. His feelings probably come from an old debt of gratitude.
I suspect he feels that it is the kind of debt that is so large
it can never been paid off. Without Pratt, I would also be out
of business and couldn’t survive in the hostile environment
a guidebook to find out where to stay or to get a cheap meal
in Bangkok, Phnom Penh or Saigon. Follow me to discover the
hidden places where the action throbs 24 hours a day, the small
bars and restaurants and back alley short-time hotels that you
suspect exist. These are the places you want to experience,
you won't find them on any map. And you want to know something
about the Thai language, and how the Thais and farangs think
about each other, the places they meet, the things they say.
On the street there is a way to communicate. I know enough of
the language to keep one step ahead of trouble. Or it could
be just the right use of body language. Each book features one
of my cases. As I said, I just solved a murder and am now on
the lookout for a new case to challenge me.
Marlowe Meets Vincent Calvino by
Wader is an English student who is studying for her A Level
exams. This essay was written by her as part of A Level course
requirement and she's given her permission for us to post it
on the official Vincent Calvino website. We feel that Jessica
has done a fine job in examining the characters, pointing how
similar traits and those that are different. (read
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