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Author: Christopher Moore
ISBN: 9748967735
Language: English
Pages: 330 pages
Category: Asia
Publisher: Distri-Thai; First Edition edition (1996)
Rating: 4.3
Formats: rtf mobi lit mbr
FB2 size: 1992 kb | EPUB size: 1385 kb | DJVU size: 1610 kb
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He is best known for his trilogy A Killing Smile (1991), A Bewitching Smile (1992) and A Haunting Smile (1993), a behind-the-smiles study of his adopted country, Thailand, and for his Vincent Calvino Private Eye series set in Bangkok.

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Comments (7)
Delirium
Lots of private eye novels take place in NYC or Los Angeles, so it's refreshing for a well-written novel to take place in an exotic locale like Bangkok, Thailand. For me, it's just the right length. I read a few pages of a novel every day while commuting to work on a city bus. I like books I can finish in 2 weeks or less and this one was just the right length. This was an enjoyable read. Not a great book by any means, and it suffers from something one often runs into in this genre, which is fairly two-dimensional characters. However, I enjoyed the local color which allowed me to get something of a feel for what it's like to live there, either as an expat or as a bar girl. On the whole, it was a fun read.
Steelcaster
Not my favorite Calvino by a long shot. Odd plot turns....(does an American policeman really need to try to escape Thailand hiding in a coffin?)....and way too many "Calvino's Laws". More complicated than it needed to be.
Wire
Enjoyable read, particularly if you like stuff set in SE Asia as I certainly do.
Calvino is fun, if sometimes a little hard to take when Moore decides to lay the hard-boiled a little thicker than needed, but overall worthwhile detective fun set in one of the world's great regions.
Jogrnd
I've never read a Vincent Calvino novel I didn't like. This one is another on my list. I'd love to drink a few beers with Vinnie some day.
Darksinger
Great novel. Christopher G. Moore hits it again with another great book.
Malak
If you have read the majority of classic crime writers chances are you will stumble late upon Moore's SE Asian works. You have saved the best "character" novelist till last! Often likened to Hammett, Chandler et al, he is in fact a far superior writer than these. Prepare yourself then, when reading The Big Weird, for the minor characters taking over the book and your life for a time. With Dickensian deftness, Moore carves Osborn the dillettante, Pauline the Chino-fascist, and Quentin the Hollywood script legend out of an atmosphere of pervasive sickness.

They will linger with you like strange statues from a Buddhist temple.
crazy mashine
If New Orleans is The Big Easy, Bangkok is the clear winner for the title of, The Big Weird. Miss Congeniality she is not.

Author, Christopher G. Moore reminds us in the fifth installment of the Vincent Calvino crime series why his books are so popular with readers and now up to #13 (2013 Missing In Rangoon (Vincent Calvino Crime Novel) ). The novels feature ½ Italian, ½ Jewish disbarred New York lawyer turned Bangkok private investigator Vincent Calvino. Vinnie is the only farang (white foreigner) in Bangkok legally carrying a .38 police special under his sport coat, due to his long-time friendship with Thai Police Colonel Pratt. For Moore, the tools of his trade are a mirror, which he holds up to Thai society and expats living in Thailand, a magnifying glass aimed at the flaws of the human condition and a microscope probing the psyche of his characters.

Setting and characters include the city of Bangkok and the air quality as both. In this case Calvino is hired by aging ex-Hollywood A-list screenwriter, Quintin Stuart to investigate the death of an American blond found dead with a single bullet-hole in her head at the home of her ex-boyfriend. Set in the early days of the internet, the book captures sexual realities and virtual realities and the blurring lines in-between. Also found: a wise-cracking opportunist, Alan Osborn who is transforming a Go Go bar into a Mermaidium, featuring swimming bar-girls with names like Baby Fish and Ice; a motorcycle driving photographer specializing in morgue portraits; a fat, greedy computer geek named Slugo; a radical feminist and her group WULF (Women's United Liberation Front) whose main goal is to eliminate Asian porn from the internet. And a hedonistic expat culture addicted to ever increasing levels of excitement.

I would not want Moore to eliminate either the radical feminists or the male chauvinist pigs from his world - in fact the world seems most entertaining when they are side by side in THE BIG WEIRD. This is a smart, "who done it" that becomes an entertaining, why done it. An example of the Calvino narrative: "Working with Quintin Stuart was a wearying experience with the rules changing each time he met his client, one reversal followed by another, until he realized that he had been brought in less to discover the dark forces of evil than to discover the squalid compounds that could be shaped into books and movies." But what can you expect from a client who has, The Sickness. The Sickness is a thread that runs throughout the book detailing the pitfalls of living in a metropolis called The City of Angels, when anyone who has ever been there knows the more apt description is, The Big Weird.

An entertaining, gritty crime novel with a likeable yet imperfect private investigator as the protagonist. In the Phillip Marlowe, Mike Hammer tradition, only with a more interesting city in the background. A fun, quick read at 330 pages.