Down & Out Books, 218 pages. www.amazon.com
Our half-Thai/half-American, ex-U.S. Special Forces, locally based Bangkok hero is right back at it in the third installment of the Matt Chance series, entitled Bangkok Gamble. The first two, Viper’s Tale and Murder in the Slaughterhouse, introduced our man of action to the world with rousing action and totally believable plot lines. Trouble always seems to find our protagonist like street beggars zeroing in on any “farang” along Sukhumvit’s sidewalks.
Again the action never quits. The reader (and Chance) gets thrown right off the deep end into a continual set of turbulent situations and frantic action. This time our reluctant detective/man of mystery/action hero has to battle a crazy monk, get a beautiful daughter of a gambling kingpin back safe and sound from a kidnapping, plus deal with assorted bad guys both here in Bangkok and Macao. Along for the ride with a few CIA types and Special Forces buddies all lending a hand there and there.