Missing In Rangoon by Christopher G. Moore


 Title: Missing In Rangoon
Thirteenth in the Vincent Calvino P.I. Series
Author: Christopher G. Moore
ISBN: 978-616-7503-17-2
Published: 2013
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Price: Baht495 / USD13.95
Release date: January 2013

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As foreigners rush into Myanmar with briefcases stuffed with plans and cash for hotels, shopping malls and high rises, they discover the old ways die hard. Vincent Calvino’s case is to find a young British-Thai man gone missing in Myanmar, while his best friend and protector Colonel Pratt of the Royal Thai Police has an order to cut off the supply of cold pills from Myanmar used for the methamphetamine trade in Thailand.

As one of the most noir novels in the Vincent Calvino series, Missing in Rangoon plays out beneath the moving shadows of the cross-border drug barons. Pratt and Calvino’s lives are entangled with the invisible forces inside the old regime and their allies who continue to play by their own set of rules.


“This Pratt-Calvino duo is simply unbeatable: their bond and blind faith in one another in confronting the perennial dangers in conflicts with gangsters, businessmen and government officials in cahoots with mafia bosses. Even in the most delicate situations, Pratt always has a beautiful and fitting Shakespearean quote… And aren’t the bloody feudal feuds of Shakespearean time like Southeast Asian socio-politics—its greedy, pugnacious warlords, clans and factions?”
—Peter Münder, CuturMag

“[Moore’s] descriptions of Rangoon are excellent. In particular, he excels at describing the human and social fall-out that occurs when a poor, isolated country suddenly opens its borders to the world…. Missing in Rangoon is a satisfying read, a mixture of hard-boiled crime fiction and acute social observation set in a little known part of Asia.”
—Andrew Nette, Crime Fiction Lover

“One interruption of a brilliant piece of fiction is that if one single paragraph be taken away from the work then the whole story crumbles to dust without making sense. Writing fiction is about taking away what is not required. One must chip chip chip away at a rock to uncover a statue. Missing in Rangoon achieves this. The balance of dialogue, description, and action is perfect. ”
James Newman

“An entertaining and enjoyable sojourn into complex terrain of Rangoon.”
—Robert Kitchin, View from the Bluehouse

“The story is delicious… The plot takes several wonderful twists that keep the reader mesmerized… It’s Moore at his best, and displays his knowledge of how Southeast Asia really works, in terms of unofficial channels… [Missing in Rangoon] has passages with some of the best writing we’ve seen from this prolific novelist.”
WoWasis Travelblog

“Missing in Rangoon is another feather in Moore’s cap.”
— Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

“Moore is a masterful story teller … [Missing in Rangoon] is excellent.”
—Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail


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