Broke but no longer in pain, he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day. Bangkok days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world. And so the restless exile stays. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry. A passionate, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis tourists come to bangkok for many reasons—a sex change operation, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, a stay in a luxury hotel.
Hunters in the Dark: A NovelHogarth #ad - As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future. And on that first night, a hustler taxi driver, a suave american, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events-- involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a trunk full of heroin, and a rich doctor’s daughter-- that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, greed trumps kindness, where identities are blurred, and karma is ruthless. From the novelist the new york times compares to paul bowles, evelyn waugh and Ian McEwan, an evocative new work of literary suspense Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing.
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel #ad - Filled with hitchcockian twists and turns, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.
The Forgiven: A NovelHogarth #ad - Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control. With spare, searing eroticism, and a gift for the unexpected, evocative prose, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape.
But as a groggy david navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves. And one boy is left dead. When david and jo arrive at the party, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, already disgusted by the rich, the Moroccan staff, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act.
The Forgiven: A Novel #ad - He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves David’s fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion. Now with extra libris material, including a Q&A and bonus content. In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party.
David and jo henniger, a doctor and a children's book author, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, deep in the Moroccan desert.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A NovelHogarth #ad - A corrupt english lawyer who has escaped prosecution by fleeing to the East, Doyle spends his nights drinking and gambling and his days sleeping off his excesses, continually haunted by his past. In a moment of crisis he meets dao-ming, an enigmatic Chinese woman who appears to be a denizen of the casinos just like himself, and seems to offer him salvation in the form of both money and love.
A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven. As night falls on macau and the neon signs that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – “Lord Doyle” to his fellow players – descends into his casino of choice to try his luck at the baccarat tables that are the anchor of his current existence.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel #ad - But as doyle attempts to make a rare and true connection, all that he accepts as reality seems to be slipping from his grasp. Resonant of classics by dostoevsky and Graham Greene, The Ballad of a Small Player is a timeless tale steeped in eerie suspense and rich atmosphere. Taking refuge in a series of louche and dimly lit hotels, he watches his fortune rise and fall as the cards decide his fate.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's JourneyBroadway Books #ad - Selected as a top ten book of the year by dwight garner, and an insightful meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide Drinking alcohol: a beloved tradition, New York TimesA “fearlessly honest account” Financial Times of man’s love of drink, a dangerous addiction, even “a sickness of the soul” as once described by a group of young Muslim men in Bali.
. In his wide-ranging travels, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between east and west, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? An immersing, Lawrence Osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, controversial, The Wet and the Dry offers provocative, and often irreverent travel narrative, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey #ad - Now with an excerpt from Lawrence Osborne's latest novel, The Ballad of a Small Player.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport MallNorth Point Press #ad - And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist. What, the world's single largest business, generous, spas, funny, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, perceptive, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, hotels, Osborne asks, spiritual retreats, cosmetic-surgery packages, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Westernmind, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, sex clubs, sensible.
". From the theme resorts of dubai to the jungles of papua new Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itselfSick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient.
Beautiful Animals: A NovelHogarth #ad - Naomi, a younger american girl on vacation with her family, convinces Sam, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies.
But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion. In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
Beautiful Animals: A Novel #ad - Sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking. Lionel shriver, Washington Post "Startlingly good. Osborne has been described as an heir to Graham Greene, and he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller. Katie kitamura, new york times Book Review"A seductively menacing new thriller by Lawrence Osborne.
. Who unites graham greene’s fondness for foreign soil with Patricia Highsmith’s fascination with the nastier coils of the human psyche.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe NovelHogarth #ad - Lawrence osborne brings one of literature’s most enduring detectives back to life—as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure. Named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review and npr • nominated for the edgar and shamus awardsthe year is 1988. It hangs with you like a scar.
Npr. And philip marlowe—now in his seventy-second year—is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. It leaves you with the taste of rum and blood in your mouth. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn—supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife.
Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. The place, Baja California. As much a meditation on aging and memory as it is a crime thriller.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel #ad - Los angeles times “it’s the kind of book where, when you read it, it turns the world to black and white for a half-hour afterward. But is zinn actually alive? are the pair living off the spoils? Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon.
Bangkok Babylon: The Real-Life Exploits of Bangkok's Legendary Expatriates are often Stranger than FictionTuttle Publishing #ad - All of them "escaped" to thailand to re-invent themselves and live out their fantasies in one of the world's most notorious cities. Among them are the man thought to be the model for colonel kurtz in apocalypse now, an advertising executive who photographs thai bargirls for playboy, three Vietnam war helicopter pilots who opened a go-go bar, a pianist at one of the world's best hotels who ended up on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, a detective who tracks runaways who fake their deaths, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who moved there to die, a Catholic priest who has lived and worked in the Bangkok slums for 35 years, a circus dwarf turned computer programmer turned restaurateur, a gem dealer who smuggles antiquities from Burma and Cambodia, and a documentary filmmaker who lives with elephants.
In the colorful tradition of orwell and hemingway, Maugham and Theroux, Jerry Hopkins recalls his first decade as a Bangkok expatriate by profiling twenty-five of the city's most unforgettable characters.
Five Crazy Years: Memoirs of a Go Go Bar Owner#ad - Ever wonder what it’s like to own a Go Go Bar in Bangkok? I‘m an American retiree and I did for five years. So, let me share the experience of those Five Crazy Years with you. Despite all, I loved the experience. Book has 61 great images. Five years of ups & downs, bombings, through protests, floods and a military coup.
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel 1 Sonchai JitpleecheepVintage Crime/Black Lizard #ad - A thriller with attitude to spare, razor-edged, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.
Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel 1 Sonchai Jitpleecheep #ad - I. Is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.