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KILLING PLATO (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels Book 2) (English Edition) par [Needham, Jake]
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"Needham's provocative views about Asia jump at you from every page. The gritty and taut KILLING PLATO is 100% unadulterated attitude." --The Singapore Straits Times

Jack Shepherd is a politically connected American lawyer until, on a whim largely inexplicable even to him, he trades the fierce scheming of Washington for the quiet life in Bangkok. Everything goes pretty well for Shepherd in Thailand, at least it does until the day he walks into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and finds the world's most famous fugitive waiting for him.

Plato Karsarkis is an international celebrity straight out of the pages of Vanity Fair, but then a New York grand jury indicts him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charges him with racketeering and money laundering. There is also the matter of a woman he may or may not have murdered to cover it all up. When Karsarkis flees the United States and disappears, the world's media whips itself into a frenzy.

Karsarkis is waiting for Shepherd in that Phuket bar because he needs to hire him. He wants a presidential pardon so he can return to America and he knows Shepherd's connections to the White House might just get it for him. But the U.S. Marshals are in Phuket, too. And they're there to kidnap Karsarkis and drag him back to the US to face trial. The Marshals want Shepherd to help them set a trap for Karsarkis.

Shepherd just wants everybody to go away and leave him alone. At least he does until he learns a chilling secret, one that plunges him a violent spiral of friendship and betrayal and pulls him straight back into the life he thought he had left behind in Washington.

The Marshals aren't really in Phuket to arrest Plato Karsarkis.

They're there to kill him.

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Jake Needham is the author of four international crime novels, all of which were English-language bestsellers throughout Asia: The Ambassador s Wife, Killing Plato, Laundry Man, and The Big Mango. The Straits Times (Singapore) called him Asia s most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction. Jake has written extensively for film and television, with his motion pictures being distributed by Columbia-TriStar, HBO, Lifetime, the USA Network, Turner Pictures, and Showtime. Needham lives in Bangkok, a continual source of inspiration for his writing.

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HASH(0x951d900c) étoiles sur 5 those who say these Jack Shepherd novels aren't like Thailand don't know it very well! 12 décembre 2011
Par Jason - Publié sur
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This is the 2nd Jack Shepherd book from Jake Needham... the first being Laundry Man. I read the previous couple of reviews and really think they miss the mark. Possibly because the reviewers really don't understand Thailand... where corruption & buddhism form a very unique blend. Without a trace of negativism that one "could" use to paint the agendas that SE Asian governments and other regional figures of power tend to follow, the author offers insight into Thailand as it really might be "behind the scenes." Thailand is an enigma - keep peeling of the layers of the onion to try to really understand what motivates and angers its people. It is a contrast of great civility & ruthlessness, of simplicity & complexity, of national ideals pitted against private greed...of the struggles between rich & poor - and always all with a smile thrown in. Its not what you read in travel books or find on a 2 wk vacation! Tolstoy Jake Needham is not. But his books read very well - I would compare him to someone like Dan Brown - he offers an alternative look at what lies beneath the pale cast of political correctness in a light yet compelling manner. Is it an 100% accurate portrayal of life in the Land of Smiles? Maybe yes, maybe no. That's what makes Bangkok a fascinating city... no one really knows what the inner most core of the onion is - certainly not the Thais! Congrats to the author for stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run for those who want to know that there is more than temples and beaches to Thailand! Can't wait for the 3rd Jack Shepherd book due out next year! Any expat who has lived a number of years in Asia will love these books - and for the 20 million or so tourists that arrive here each year - read these books and you will never look at those armoured BMWs parked in front of your favourite Bangkok restaurant the same way again! I recommend however starting with Laundry Man first.
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HASH(0x951d9288) étoiles sur 5 'Killing Plato' a Top Shelf Thriller 13 décembre 2011
Par Kurt Taylor - Publié sur
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If you haven't read Jake Needham, you're missing a sophisticated take on Asian Intrigue that provides rich satisfaction on several levels.
Needham, an American living in Asia, has written several excellent novels situated in Southeast Asia; all first rate, all riveting, richly scented noirish tales of life in this vastly complex--and at times profoundly conflicted--region of the world. 'Killing Plato' is Needham's second Jack Shepherd novel, and his most complex and geographically detailed. Needham's range in prose is wide; characters are forced to make tough choices, confront the paradoxes of life in Thailand and Southeast Asia, and his sense of how Americans perceive this region and the way Asians react to the American presence is plot-driven yet realistic.
'Killing Plato' brings all these forces together in a tough tale of sell-outs, back channels and betrayal.
Jake Needham's Jack Shepherd is the fictional character you'd want to have dinner with, have a brandy with on the veranda, go to war with, the kind of character you'd hope would look after your wife and family should you end up going down to the nefarious forces at work in 'Killing Plato'. Jack Shepherd is the modern noir-hero who knows his way around town, where the heat might be too hot in a go-go bar in Soi Cowboy, and the guy you call when it all goes downhill. A man's man, the guy who could carry a gun but rarely does, a man whose wits are as lethal as most weapons, and as an American living in Bangkok, Thailand, a guy you can trust.
'Killing Plato' puts Shepherd on the map as an understated, sophisticated narrator-hero that can untangle the most complex of problems.
Needham is a master of detail, place, the subtle influences of Asia, and he pulls no punches in exploring desperate people and the vortex of forces at work in a country that offers just about everything for sale.
Jake Needham is my favorite writer of Asian noir fiction. He's in full swing with 'Killing Plato'. I've read them all, and 'Plato' is my favorite.
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HASH(0x951d93d8) étoiles sur 5 The ending could have been better 5 décembre 2012
Par M. Rohde - Publié sur
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I picked this book up during a free promotion period. It is a long book with excellent characters. The plot is thick and takes you on a ride filled with mystery and suspense. However, it is not a "legal" thriller despite what is written on the cover. Just because the main character is a lawyer that does not make the book a legal thriller. Thriller, yes. Legal, no. But that's just a minor point. I wanted to give this book a rating of 4 or 5 stars but the ending to the book falls flat. The rest of this review might contain minor spoilers.

First of all, this book could use a professional edit. There are several instances of misspelled words, missing words, extra words, etc.

Second, is the problem with the characters in the book. Even though the author goes to great lengths to develop the characters, the main character, Jack, never does anything except go from one meal or drink to the next having long conversations with his different adversaries. He never makes any decisions, never takes any actions and basically lets the plot unfold around him. Jack watches his life happen and never does anything about it. Jack's wife, Anita, is another non-character. It's clear she disdains her husband (possible spoiler alert) and she eventually leaves him. In the back of my mind I kept thinking she would come back into the story in some kind of surprise twist, but no, she never does -- she just leaves and she's gone -- that's it. Ultimately, her character was completely useless and she never needed to exist in the first place. That same point could be made about Jack. His only reason for being in the story at all is to perhaps tell the story itself, which brings me to my third and last point.

Last, the author does develop a very interesting world that does bring you deep into the story. As the plot developed, I wanted a resolution, I kept thinking of different scenarios as to what might or could happen. As with any suspenseful thriller, you expect and want a conclusion that is instigated by the main character; unfortunately, that never happens. (Another spoiler alert), the book ends with a major cop out. The events that end the book have no bearing whatsoever with all of the conversations that transpired beforehand. The story just ends. There is a prologue, in which I thought I'd get a little more closure, but instead, the book veers off in a completely different direction with another bizarre ending that left me scratching my head wondering what the point of that was all about.

I put this book down thinking the author had an excellent idea for a book filled with great characters and an interesting plot in an exotic locale, but he never came up with a good ending, and that's what ultimately fails this book. If Jake Needham gave this a rewrite with a better ending, where the main character actually does something, then I could easily give this book four or five stars, but the horrible ending drags the rating down to three.
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HASH(0x951d96cc) étoiles sur 5 An excellent Thailand crime thriller 28 mai 2012
Par ExpatAsia - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Rarely do I find a book that makes me want to drop everything else and just read. This is one of those books. The main character, Jack Shepherd, is a former lawyer turned Bangkok professor, who is reluctantly drawn in to the subversive web of the world's most wanted fugitive, Plato Karsarkis. The plot unfolds beautifully, building to a crescendo in the final chapters as Shepherd weaves through a maze of high finance, national intelligence agencies on the hunt, and unknown agendas along the way. You don't know what is going to happen next. Each character is well developed. The writing style is sharp and hard hitting. I look forward to reading more from this very talented writer. As Ludlum was to Berlin, Jake Needham is to Bangkok and Thailand.
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HASH(0x951d9cb4) étoiles sur 5 A GREAT THRILLER 4 septembre 2012
Par Carl Brush - Publié sur
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Jake Needham is an author of thrillers that rank with the best. This story of how Jack Shepherd gets pulled into a plot that starts in Thailand, but has reverberations all the way back to the white house is full of both intrigue and pathos, and the characters are so real you think you know them--even if you don't want to. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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