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Christopher G. Moore Standalone and Crime Fiction 2010


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CONTENTS PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE

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STANDALONE FICTION • His Lordship’s Arsenal • Tokyo Joe • Red Sky Falling • God of Darkness • Chairs • Waiting For The Lady • Gambling on Magic

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THE LAND OF SMILES TRILOGY • A Killing Smile • A Bewitching Smile • A Haunting Smile

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VINCENT CALVINO PRIVATE-EYES SERIES • Spirit House • Asia Hand • Zero Hour in Phnom Penh • Comfort Zone • The Big Weird • Cold Hit • Minor Wife • Pattaya 24/7 • The Risk of Infidelity Index • Paying Back Jack • The Corruptionist

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NON-FICTION • Heart Talk • The Vincent Calvino Reader’s Guide

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INTERNATIONAL EDITION

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PRAISE FOR CHRISTOPHER G. MOORE “Southeast Asia's master novelist, with his refined word play, persuasively holds a believable world in place.... He connects readers with what is universally true in their relationships.... We need a novelist of Moore's quality ... to interpret [Thailand] to us.” —Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya Trader

“Christopher G Moore comprehends the local mindset as well as the Thais themselves, perhaps even more so for he tirelessly analyses their mores, beliefs, superstitions, attitudes, actions.... Moore is putting Thailand on the map.” —Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

“Moore’s flashy style successfully captures the dizzying contradictions in [Bangkok’s] vertiginous landscape.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Moore’s a real writer and one to watch.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“It’s easy to see why Moore’s books are popular: While seasoned with a spicy mixture of humor and realism, they stand out as model studies in East-West encounters, as satisfying for their cultural insights as they are for their hardboiled action.” —Mark Schreiber, The Japan Times

“Christopher G. Moore has long been a big name in crime for his Vincent Calvino books, based on the exploits of an American private eye in Thailand's seedy underbelly.” —Jonathan Gibbs, The Independent


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“Moore’s noir thrillers and literary fiction—like Graham Greene, he alternates between ‘entertainment’ and serious novels— are subtle and compelling evocations of a part of the world rarely seen through our eyes.” —Macleans

“One of Moore’s greatest strengths ... is his knowledge of Southeast Asian history.” —Newsweek

“Christopher G. Moore is one of the world’s most popular and bestselling writers.” —January Magazine

“The Hemingway of Bangkok.” —The Globe and Mail

“The most important recreator of Thailand for a Western audience.” —Vancouver Sun

“Moore’s work doesn’t flinch from cultural detail or complex social analysis. He takes chances, lots of them.” —International Herald Tribune

“Moore is a marvelous and inventive writer who is able to combine literary merit with good old genre fiction.” —Georgia Straight

“Moore might be described as W. Somerset Maugham with a bit of Elmore Leonard and Mickey Spillane thrown in for good measure.” —The Japan Times

“If you read only one expat writer for a flavour of Southeast Asia, read Christopher G. Moore.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“Moore captures the bewitching spirit and rice-cooker passions of Southeast Asia.” —The National Post


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“Moore is a rare writer who is able to meticulously dramatize the complex wiring of the human condition and simultaneously reveal the geopolitical undercurrents while maintaining a skillful control of his stories. Moore is a true connoisseur of Southeast Asia, a man of experience beyond the narrow bounds of culture.” —Thriller Magazine (Italy)

“To paraphrase Graham Greene in another context, Moore is our man in Bangkok.” —Bangkok Post

“Acclaimed as one of the best contemporary foreign writers in Thailand. ” —Thailand Tatler

“Not only is Bangkok-based author Christopher Moore one of the most prolific novelists in town, he’s also one of most read.” —The Nation

“What is outstanding in the works of Christopher G. Moore is his in-depth comprehension of what psychiatrist Carl Jung labeled the collective unconscious, as it applies to Thai motivation, thinking and action. Moore understands the Thais better than many understand themselves.” —Bangkok Post

“Relishing another Christopher G. Moore novel is like receiving essential nutrients for a healthier, safer life in Thailand. Insights into the human condition ... reveal us to ourselves painfully clearly but as balanced as a sweet and sour Thai dish.” —Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya People


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STANDALONE FICTION HIS LORDSHIP'S ARSENAL ISBN: 974-86694-7-5 Subway Press, paperback (2003) 213 pp. Heaven Lake Press, paperback (1999) 213 pp. Critic's Choice, paperback (1986) 227 pp. Freundlich Books, hardback (1985) 227 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback

“Christopher G. Moore demonstrates in His Lordship’s Arsenal an impressive knowledge of guns, mixing real events, dates and gun descriptions with a fictional plot.… Moore’s background in law is evident in His Lordship’s Arsenal, a mixture of literary fiction and genre fiction. One could say that Moore’s fist novel was the springboard the writer needed to go on making use of his legal expertise to create memorable characters, among the most popular being Vincent Calvino, a fictional Bangkok-based private eye. —Mihnea Voicu Şimăndan

“Unique ... a probing psychological study of man’s search for identity ... genuinely fascinating.” —Bestsellers

“Moore is without doubt a real writer and one to watch.” —Publisher's Weekly.

“One at a time Burlock brings out transparent pictures of his life; then, appallingly, he twists them around, changes the order. When he is done we know more of the impermanence of vision and the changeable rules of life...imaginative.” —Library Journal


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“This is a complex, moody, rewarding novel.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Moore is a marvellous and inventive writer who is able to combine literary merit with good old genre fiction. This is a unique and beautifully written book.” —Georgia Straight


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TOKYO JOE ISBN: 974-91152-8-7 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2003) 337 pp. White Lotus (1990) 288 pp. (previous title: ENEMIES OF MEMORY) Format Available: medium trade paperback, Kindle

“The best book on the 731-Corps I’ve read.” —Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

“Moore has constructed what is becoming increasingly rare: a novel that combines meaningful ideas with deep emotion, a novel in which social, political and personal themes all intermingle ... and it can only be hoped that the novel will achieve the international recognition it deserves.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“Moore is also a playwright and this shines through in his fiercely dramatic prose reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s style.” —The Nation

“Insight into the underbellies of Japan and the USA ... incredibly intriguing ... a book to savour, like a good port after dinner. Most enjoyable.” —Chiang Mai Mail

RED SKY FALLING ISBN: 974-92385-7-5 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2005) 261 pp. Asia Books (1994) 302 pp. (previous title: SAINT ANNE) Format Available: large trade paperback, Kindle

“Red Sky Falling is an amazingly deep novel.” —Pattaya Mail


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“Moore’s insights into the human comedy and facility in writing prose hold our interest from first page to last.” —Bangkok Post

“[Red Sky Falling] is a rich and deftly woven tale which looks at the microcosm of individual lives while simultaneously addressing the larger social, political and human concerns of this century ... a tapestry of experience—highly comic, ironic and profound on so many levels.” —Guide of Bangkok

“A truly high quality piece of literature.” — Thailand Times

GOD OF DARKNESS ISBN: 974-92281-7-0 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 320 pp. Heaven Lake Press (1998), reprinted (1999) 320 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback, Kindle

“The stories of other writers—locals and expats—maybe likened to sketches or drawings, while those of Christopher G. Moore are paintings or murals. In his dozen novels to date he not only describes the Realm, but interprets it.” —Bangkok Post


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CHAIRS ISBN: 974-87691-9-4 Heaven Lake Press (2000) 330 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, Kindle, ePub, and more ebook formats (also available in seperated chapters for Kindle)

“An entertaining and insightful book” —The Nation

“Moore is never very far away from a much older tradition—the one that seems to say, ‘Come inside, stranger, and put your boots up on the fender of the stove and let me tell you a tale.’ ” —Ottawa Citizen

“Chairs is well-written and interesting, and shows a side of a city that most will never see, but will find in these pages a powerful and insightful, even Hemingwayesque, clarity.” —Edmonton Journal

“Chairs is outstanding.” —Guide of Bangkok

“To his credit, Christopher G. Moore has the sharpest eyes and most discerning mind on these shores, his being an expat notwithstanding. Indeed, a good many locals are unaware of the levels and degrees of subterfuge enmeshing them. To paraphrase Graham Greene, in another context, Moore is our man in Bangkok.” —Bangkok Post

“Another excellent feature in this book is that although the short narratives are all ‘stand alone’ pieces, they are also inter-related and impinge on each other in unsuspected ways. Moore is much more than just a wordsmith, he is a literary craftsman.” —Pattaya Mail


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“Chairs is rooted in the ancient traditions of storytelling as well as in the new ones of metafiction.” —The New Brunswick Reader

“Moore manages to treat the stories with enough panche that we don’t feel that we are outside looking in—you’re already in.” —Is Magazine (Singapore)

WAITING FOR THE LADY ISBN: 974-90755-6-0 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2005) 319 pp. Subway Press, hardback (2003) Heaven Lake Press, hardback (2003) 342 pp. Format Available: large trade paperback, hard cover, Kindle

“Compelling story lines ... that come together in a gripping climax.” —Newsweek

“Ambitious and sadly beautiful book.” —January Magazine

“Amusing and illuminating ... a narrative whose authenticity is never in doubt, where global historical realities are seamlessly knit together with a strong, unpretentious yarn.” —Books in Canada

“In addition to creating a convincing, entertaining narrator, Sloan, and a story that engages the past and its images on several levels, Moore crafts a tragic Myanmar landscape, mixing in-depth knowledge of the place and its history with a compelling tale populated with characters anyone would be glad to have as travel companions.” —Asia Times (Online)


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“A charged atmosphere reminiscent of Peter Weir’s The Year of Living Dangerously” —Vancouver Sun

“The powerful sentiments stirred in [Waiting for the Lady] affirm that Asia still boasts places where people’s emotions are not swaddled in cotton.” —The Japan Times

“Moore’s knowledge of the region and his ability to convey it is best about Waiting for the Lady.” —Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

“Christopher G. Moore is an author who can conjure up a plausible story to keep you reading his books till the last page. Waiting for the Lady is no exception to this. A great read.” —Reid Lang, Pattaya Mail

GAMBLING ON MAGIC ISBN: 974-92942-5-4 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2005) 320 pp. Heaven Lake Press, hardback deluxe (2005) 320 pp. Format Available: large trade paperback, hard cover, Kindle Foreign Translation: Turkish

“Moore’s most mature work.” —Bangkok Post

“[Moore’s] attention to detail that gives his writing the believable immediacy, which in turn keeps you turning pages. And turn pages you will. This is another of those books that will hold your attention right to the last page. An excellent read.” —Pattaya Mail


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“Moore is a religious student of human nature and it shows.” —Thai Day

“Original, contemporary and extremely inventive.” —Hua Hin Observer

“A complex novel ... The [characters] are well developed. The setting ... is carefully shaped. The information about gambling rings true, as does the portrayal of the city of Bangkok and the community that surrounds the story ... Well worth reading.” —Alex McGilvery, Armchair Interviews


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THE LAND OF SMILES TRILOGY A KILLING SMILE ISBN: 974-85993-6-1 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 335 pp. Heaven Lake Press (2000) 269 pp. Special Limited Edition (1997) 319 pp. bookSiam (1996) 319 pp. White Lotus (1991) 315pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback, Kindle, ePub, and more ebook formats Foreign Translations: Thai, Turkish

“The whole effect is very real— particularly the revelation of those razor teeth back of the Smile.” —Gore Vidal

“Moore is a master of detail ... a pioneer, daring and inventive.” —The Nation

“I was knocked out by the sensitivity of the writing, the textures of the characters, the many levels of feeling. The outcome is one of the finest male bonding stories I have ever come across and I kick myself that I didn’t write this novel.” —Stirling Silliphant, Oscar winner for In the Heat of the Night

“The portrait of Tuttle as an expatriate shipwrecked in an alien tropic brings to mind Theroux’s Jack Flowers.” —The Japan Times

“In A Killing Smile Moore succeeds in translating for a Western audience the inside of how Thais think. Above all he describes with an objective, non-judgemental eye the raw pathos, the light and shadow of the world that never surfaces in the glossy tourist catalogues.” —Fabio Novel, Thriller Magazine (Italy)


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“Critically regarded as the best Western author today whose books focus on this country (e.g., A Killing Smile).” —Bangkok Post

A BEWITCHING SMILE ISBN: 974-85787-0-4 Heaven Lake Press (2000) 295 pp. White Lotus (1992) 347 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, Kindle, ePub, and more ebook formats with new cover

“Moore’s novels are breaking new ground in fictional writing about Thailand.... He writes with gentle humour and a sensitive understanding of what it is to be lost.” —The Nation

A HAUNTING SMILE ISBN: 974-92214-8-6 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback. (2004) 320 pp. Heaven Lake Press (1999) 320 pp. White Lotus (1993) 349 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback, Kindle, ePub, and more ebook formats Foreign Translation: Turkish

“Courageous ... someone to watch.” —Peter Carey

“A Haunting Smile is disturbing. Moore jars the senses with discordant juxtapositions of his now familiar HQ, an all-night coffee shop where stereotypical ‘hardcore’ (read ‘cured of romance’) farang hang out, indulging in a never-ending cycle of alcohol and sex, with the shattering events of Rachadamnoen Avenue, and what! Virtual reality?” —Bangkok Post


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THE VINCIENT CALVINO PRIVATE-EYE SERIES Winner of 2004 German Critics Award for International Crime Fiction (Deutsche Krimi Preis) Winner of 2007 Premier Special Director’s Award Semana Negra (Spain) for Stunde Null in Phnom Penh (Zero Hour in Phnom Penh)

Moore’s Vincent Calvino is listed among “100 Eyes of Mystery Scene Era” published in the 100th issue of Mystery Scene Magazine “Moore's Vincent Calvino novels ... are crisp, atmospheric entertainments set in a noirish Bangkok.” —Guardian

“Vincent Calvino is one of the most notable detectives of modern crime literature.” —Harmut Wilmes, Kölnische Rundschau

“The Vincent Calvino series belongs on every Asian crime list.” —Booklist

“A vivid sense of place ... the city of Bangkok, with its chaos and mystery, is almost another character. Recommened.” —Library Journal

“A worthy example of a serial character, Vincent Calvino is human and convincing.” —Thriller Magazine (Italy)

“Calvino is a wonderful private detective figure! Consistent action, masterful language ... and Anglo-Saxon humor at its best.” —Deutschland Radio


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“[Paying Back Jack] might be Moore's finest novel yet. A gripping tale of human trafficking, mercenaries, missing interrogation videos, international conspiracies, and revenge, all set against the lovely and sordid backstreets of Bangkok that Moore knows better than anyone.” —Barry Eisler, author of Fault Line

“Moore is a stylist much like the writers of the early to mid-20th century who kick-started the P.I. genre in America. He writes with the angry and sad voice of Ross Macdonald and the flow of and beauty of Raymond Chandler. Penning his books in the third-person, he uses allegory and symbolism to great effect. The Calvino series is distinctive and wonderful, not to be missed, and I’m pleased to see that it is finally becoming better known in the States.” —Cameron Hughes, The Rap Sheet

“Vincent Calvino is a terrific character who could only have been drafted into action by a terrific writer.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of L.A. Outlaws.

“Think Dashiell Hammett in Bangkok.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

“Moore’s work recalls the international ‘entertainments’ of Graham Greene or John le Carré, but the hard-bitten worldview and the cynical, bruised idealism of his battered hero is right out of Chandler. Intelligent and articulate, Moore offers a rich, passionate and original take on the private eye game, fans of the genre should definitely investigate, and fans of foreign intrigue will definitely appreciate.” —Kevin Burton Smith, January Magazine

“It’s easy to see why Moore’s books are popular: While seasoned with a spicy mixture of humor and realism, they stand out as model studies in East-West encounters, as satisfying for their cultural insights as they are for their hardboiled action.” —Mark Schreiber, The Japan Times


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“Chris Moore’s series of private-eye tales set in the full mysterious splendor of bubbling Bangkok, Thailand, remind us anew of how much meaning we miss out on when we don’t worship true artists. Underneath Bangkok society is a deeply encrusted demiworld of hope, despair, corruption and courage that Moore … paints with maestrolike Dickensian strokes.” —Thomas Plate, The Seattle Times

“Vincent Calvino is at once in the finest tradition of the lone private detective and a complete original.” —Matt Beynon Rees, author of The Samaritan’s Secret

“Moore is a genuine novelist who just happens to employ the conventions of the thriller genre, that his real interests are believable human behaviour and way cultures cross-pollinate and sometimes clash. This is real prose, not Raymond Chandler stuff, and his motives are as close to art as they are to entertainment. Read him.” —Douglas Fetherling, Ottawa Citizen

“For those who like their mysteries dark and steamy, Christopher G. Moore’s Vincent Calvino suspense series is a must read. Told from the point of view of an expat New Yorker turned Bangkok private eye, Moore’s novels take you into the bowels of Southeast Asia, where life is cheap, greed is the norm, sex underpins even the most casual relationships, and nothing—nothing— is ever what it appears to be at first glance.” —Shamus and Arthur Ellis Nominee Joseph Louis, author of Madelaine and other mysteries

“Every big city has its fictional detective; and Bangkok’s is Vincent Calvino.” —Bangkok 101

“Moore is an old hand at teasing out strange, marginal characters, and bringing them to life with his consummate, compulsive story-telling.” —Project Eyeball (Singapore)


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“Fans of fast-paced detective fiction can enjoy a familiar Asian backdrop to murder, skullduggery, and espionage. Like the too-human detectives of popular fiction, Vincent Calvino is a likeable mercenary, a New York lawyer who’s given up practice to turn P.I. in the labyrinth of South-East Asian politics, double-dealing and fleeting relationships. Expect to be entertained as well as gain an insight into an expat perception of life.” —NTUC Lifestyle (Singapore)

“Christopher G. Moore is among the most important authors who bring foreign crime fiction into Germany. [His detective stories] are brilliant.” —Krimitipps

“Relishing another Christopher Moore novel is like receiving essential nutrients for a healthier, safe life in Thailand. Insights into the human condition of expat existence, which underpin his thriller plots, can though, be painful to swallow. They reveal us to ourselves painfully clearly but as balanced as a sweet and sour Thai dish.” —Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya People


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SPIRIT HOUSE ISBN: 974-86694-8-3 Grove Press, trade paperback (2008) 304 pp. Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 291 pp. Heaven Lake Press (1999) 268 pp. White Lotus (1992) 332 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback Foreign Translations: German, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Thai

“Well-written, tough and bloody. ” —Bernard Knight, Tangled Web (UK)

“A thinking man’s Philip Marlowe, Calvino is a cynic on the surface but a romantic at heart. Calvino ... found himself in Bangkok— the end of the world for a whole host of bizarre foreigners unwilling, unable, or uninterested in going home.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“A worthy example of a serial character, Vinee Calvino is human and convincing. [He] is an incarnate of the composite of the many expatriate characters who have burned the bridge to their pasts.” —Thriller Magazine (Italy)

“For those who love Asia, they will devour Moore’s novels. He opens [Bangkok] in her darkest, most amusing facets. He reveals the inhabitants’ mindsets, their secrets and their temptations. Bangkok is his central figure.” —Stadtmagazin Krefeld

“A complex and suggestive plot set in the underworld of Bangkok, full of foreign inhabitants. With all her contradictions, the city is more than a backdrop. She is alive.” —Entwicklungspolitik


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“Best in this Spring. Unionverslag brings the best selling author Christopher G. Moore to Germany. Hopefully more [of his novels] will follow. ” —Ultimo

“Good, that there are still real crime writers. Christopher G. Moore’s [Spirit House] is colourful and crafty. ” —Johannes Kaiser, Hessischer Rundfunk

“Moore writes brilliantly and thrillingly. ” —Schweizer Familie

ASIA HAND ISBN: 974-87171-2-7 Heaven Lake Press (2000) 271 pp. White Lotus (1993) 325 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback

“Moore’s Vinny Calvino is a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.” —The Nation

“The top foreign author focussing on the Land of Smiles, Canadian Christopher G. Moore clearly has a first-hand understanding of the expat milieu.... Moore is perspicacious.” —Bangkok Post


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ZERO HOUR IN PHNOM PENH ISBN: 978-974-10-3046-0 Heaven Lake Press (2005) Heaven Lake Press (1999) 268 pp. White Lotus (1994) 314 pp. (previous title: CUT OUT) Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback Foreign Translations: Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Thai

Winner of 2004 German Critics Award for International Crime Fiction (Deutsche Krimi Preis) Winner of 2007 Premier Special Director’s Award Semana Negra (Spain) for Stunde Null in Phnom Penh (Zero Hour in Phnom Penh)

“The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Even outside of his Bangkok comfort zone, Moore shows he is one of the best chroniclers of the expat diaspora.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is political, courageous and perhaps [Moore’s] most important work. Moore is a brilliant storyteller and a masterful character inventor.” —CrimiCouch.de

“Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is a brilliant detective story that portrays— with no illusion—Cambodia’s adventurous transition from genocide and civil war to a free-market economy and democratic normality. Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is a rare stroke of luck and a work of art, from which one can always draw more stories and levels of meaning.... an all too human, timeless, historical and philosophical novel.” —Deutsche Well Buchtipp, Bonn

“A thriller in which the importance of the single crime shrinks visibly at the sight of mass murder and grand corruption.” —Thomas Klingenmaier, Stuttgarter Zeitung


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“It was ten years ago in Cambodia, but this great novel sits well after Kandahar, Luanda, Kabul, Baghdad and other places where the brutality of war destroys the souls of humanity.” —KulturNews, Hamburg

“[In Zero Hour in Phnom Penh] one experiences an impressive novel and discovers lives in a country—keyword ‘Pol Pot—that has a long history of genocide behind it. A novel of sad intelligence and intelligent sadness” —Thomas Widmer, Facts Zürich

“Moore is an accurate storyteller and a sensitive observer. He bares the colonial attitude of the foreigners and soberly describes the survival strategies of the young women—imparting a great amount of information and a valuable insight.” —Marianne de Mestral, P.S. Magazin, Zürich

“The novel is more than a crime fiction. It is a believable attempt to describe a society at the crossroad. Moore’s portrayal of the omnipresent prostitution in Cambodia goes under the skin. Nothing is glossed over.” —Christian Ruf, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

“Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is a bursting, high adventure ... extremely gripping ... a morality portrait with no illusion.” —Ulrich Noller, Westdeutscher Rundfunk

“A well written, exciting, but not simplistic thriller. The description of Cambodia at the end of the Pol Pot terror regime (approximately 1993) is convincing. High tension amidst violent backdrop. Recommended.” —Ute Ulrike Fauth, EKZ Buchbesprechungen Reutlingen

“Moore’s crime fiction is a multi-layered and disillusioning picture of the Cambodian society and the UNTAC soldiers: the reality behind the headlines.” —Inge Wünnenberg, General-Anzeiger, Bonn


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“Like other Calvino novels, Zero Hour in Phnom Penh captures the tropical sultriness that often sucks away the breaths of West Germans in Southeast Asia. Heat, noise and stench almost emanate from the book.. Moore heats up the climate even further with his portrayals of raw power, cheap sex, wretchedness from drugs and human contempt. It can be stomach-turning for the delicate of the hearts.” —Sönke Boldt, Badische Neueste Nachrichten Karlsruhe

“Moore writes to entertain, and that he does.” —Bangkok Post

COMFORT ZONE ISBN: 974-87754-9-6 Heaven Lake Press (2001) 277 pp. White Lotus (1995) 315 pp. Format Available: small mass paperback, medium trade paperback

“Moore hits home with more of everything in Comfort Zone. There is a balanced mix of story-line, narrative, wisdom, knowledge as well as love, sex, and murder.” —Thailand Times

“In a murder mystery with a plot that is better executed than any Central Intelligence Agency black bag operation, the Bangkok expatriate crowd have moved to boomtown Saigon. Like a Japanese gardener who captures the land and the sky and recreates it in the backyard, Moore’s genius is in portraying the Southeast Asian heartscape behind the tourist industry hotel gloss.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“Comfort Zone is a good read—an up-to-date 90s feel.” —Accent Thai


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“In Comfort Zone, our Bangkok-based P.I. is hired to go to Vietnam to find the killer of a young American lawyer. He digs, discovering layers of intrigue. He’s stalked by hired killers and falls in love with a Hanoi girl. Can he trust her? The reader is hooked.” —NTUC Lifestyle (Singapore)

THE BIG WEIRD ISBN: 978-974-8481-42-1 Heaven Lake Press, mass paperback (2008) 345 pp. Heaven Lake Press (2000) 277 pp. bookSiam (1996) 320 pp. Format Available: small mass paperback, medium trade paperback

“The Big Weird is an excellent read, charming, amusing, insightful, complex, localised yet startlingly universal in its themes.” —Guide of Bangkok

“A good read, fast-paced and laced with so many of the locales so familiar to the expat denizens of Bangkok.” —Art of Living (Thailand)

“Like a noisy, late-night Thai restaurant, Moore serves up tongueburming spices that swallow up the literature of Generation X and Cyberpsace as if they were merely sticky rice.” —The Daily Yomiuri

“Whether you are a local, resident or a tourist, there are golden nuggets to be found in The Big Weird.” —Bangkok Post Sunday Magazine

“Highly entertaining.” —Bangkok Post


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“The Big Weird exemplifies a writer who is in control of his material. [It]demonstrates that at last we have an author who understands the abyss between the dreams and aspirations of westerners hoping for a new life in an Asian land and the often-harsh reality that they find.” —Professor Paul Wilson, Criminologist and Dean, Humanities and Social Science, Bond University

COLD HIT ISBN: 974-92104-1-7 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 342 pp. Heaven Lake Press (1999) 330 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback Foreign Translations: Chinese, German, Norwegian, Turkish

“The story is plausible and riveting to the end.” —The Japan Times

“Tight, intricate plotting, wickedly astute ... Cold Hit will have you variously gasping, chuckling, nodding, tut-tutting, oh-yesing, and grinding your teeth throughout its 330 pages.” —Guide of Bangkok

“The plot is equally tricky, brilliantly devised, and clear. One of the best crime fiction in the first half of the year” —Ultimo Biedlefeld

“[Cold Hit] is no standard thriller, but a suspense literature full of original metaphors.” —Saarbrücker Zeitung

“City jungle, sex, drugs, power, but also good-hearted people: a complete crime.” —Zwanzig Minuten Zürich


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“A colourful piece, rich in action, of detective literature.” —Title Magazin.de

“Calvino is a wonderful private detective figure! Consistent action, masterful language ... and Anglo-Saxon humour at its best.” —Lutz Bunk, DeutschlandRadio, Berlin

“Moore depicts the city from below. He shows its dirt, its inner conflicts, its cruelty, its devotion. Hard, cruel, comical and good. ” —Readme.de

“What is outstanding in the works of Christopher G. Moore is his in-depth comprehension of what psychiatrist Carl Jung labeled the collective unconscious, as it applies to Thai motivation, thinking and action. Moore understands the Thais better than many understand themselves.” —Bangkok Post

“Cold Hit definitely is one of those books you will not want to put down.” —Pattaya Mail

MINOR WIFE ISBN: 974-92126-5-7 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 272 pp. Heaven Lake Press (2002) 295 pp. Format Available: medium trade paperback, large trade paperback Foreign Translation: Thai

“What distinguishes Christopher G. Moore from other foreign authors setting their stories in the Land of Smiles is how much more he understands its mystique, the psyche of its populace and the futility of its round residents trying to fit into its square holes.” —Bangkok Post


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“Moore pursues in even greater detail in Minor Wife the changing social roles of Thai women (changing, but not always quickly or for the better) and their relations among themselves and across class lines and other barriers.” —Vancouver Sun

“Moore’s attention to detail and 3-D characterization make Minor Wife much more than just another crime novel.” —Farang Magazine (Thailand)

“The thriller moves in those convoluted circles within which Thai life and society takes place. Moore’s knowledge of these gives insights into many aspects of the cultural mores. Many of these are unknown to the expat population, most of whom spend their time living in blissful ignorance of the Thai dark underbelly.... Great writing, great story and a great read. Get it, you will not be disappointed.” —Pattaya Mail

PATTAYA 24/7 ISBN: 978-974-8418-41-4 Heaven Lake Press, mass paperback (2008) 351 pp. Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2004) 305 pp. Format Available: small mass paperback, large trade paperback Foreign Translations: Italian, Thai

“Calvino does it again ... well-developed characters, and the pace keeps you reading well after you should have turned out the light.” —Farang Magazine (Thailand)

“Intelligent and articulate, Moore offers a rich, passionate and original take on the private eye game, fans of the genre should definitely investigate, and fans of foreign intrigue will definitely appreciate.” —Kevin Burton Smith, January Magazine


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“The best in the Calvino series ... The story is compelling.” —Bangkok Post

“Pattaya 24/7 is one of best in the Calvino series—original, provocative, and rich with details and insights into the underworld of Thai police, provincial gangsters, hit squads, and terrorists.” —Pieke Bierman, award-wining author of Violetta

“A cast of memorably eccentric figures in an exotic Southeast Asian backdrop” —The Japan Times

“Pattaya 24/7 is a compelling, atmospheric and multi-layered murder investigation set in modern-day Thailand. The detective, Calvino, is a Complex and engaging hero.” —Garry Disher, award-winning author of The Wyatt Novels

“Pattaya 24/7 pulls the reader through a landmine of traumatic moods—anxiety, greed and fear.” —The Nation

“Moore’s literary talents are obvious. This book is deeper than the well one of the characters was fished out of.” —Pattaya Mail

“The colourful gallery of secondary characters in Pattaya 24/7 is a distinctive feature that increases the reader’s interest. We enjoy the spicy taste of hard-boiled fiction reinvented in an exotic but realistic place—in fact, not realistic, but real!.” —Thriller Magazine (Italy)


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THE RISK OF INFIDELITY INDEX ISBN: 978-974-88168-7-6 Grove Press, trade paperback (2009) 336 pp. Atlantic Books, mass paperback (2009) 336 pp. Atlantic Books, trade paperback (2008) 336 pp. Atlantic Monthly Press, hardback (2008) 318 pp. Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2007) 324 pp. Format Available: large trade paperback Foreign Translations: Italian, German, Portugese, Spanish, Turkish

“Fast paced, violent tale of high-level corruption set against the heat of Bangkok.” —Conventry Telegraph

“Moore's flashy style successfully captures the dizzying contradictions in [Bangkok’s] vertiginous landscape.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Flashy private-eye mystery.” —The New York Times

“Think Dashiell Hammett in Bangkok. A hard-boiled, street-smart, often hilarious pursuit of a double murderer.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

“Humorous and intelligent ... a great introduction to the seamy side of Bangkok.” —Carla Mckay, The Daily Mail

“The real star of the book is Bangkok.” —Susanna Yager, The Daily Telegraph

“Can Moore write and is he worth reading? On the evidence of [The Risk of Infidelity Index], the answers are unequivocally yes.” —Peter Whittaker, Tribune Magazine (UK)


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“The book’s loving evocation of the Thai atmosphere adds a glorious new locale to the detective genre’s geography, rendered with a master’s hand.” —Jim Feast, Evergreen Review

“Christopher G. Moore has long been a big name in crime for his Vincent Calvino books, based on the exploits of an American private eye in Thailand's seedy underbelly.” —Jonathan Gibbs, The Independent

“There's plenty of violent action ... memorable low-life characters ... the real star of the book is Bangkok.” —Telegraph (London)

“The Risk of Infidelity Index is taut, spooky, intelligent, and beautifully written. Vincent Calvino is a terrific character who could only have been drafted into action by a terrific writer.” —T. Jefferson Parker, author of L.A. Outlaws

“Grim, violent, and saturated in details of Bangkok’s underworld.” —The Boston Globe

“The Risk of Infidelity Index is a complex, violent, and high readable thriller.” —One80 News (UK)

“The faint whiff of misogyny/xenophobia one senses is just part of Moore's pitch-perfect Bangkok, from its churning after-hours melee of insistent yings to its hard-drinking farangs (foreigners), to the scary duplicity behind the ever-present Thai smile.” —P.G. KOCH, Houston Chronicle

“A complex, intelligent novel.” —Publishers’ Weekly

“The darkly raffish Bangkok milieu is a treat.” —Kirkus Review


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“Chris Moore's series of private-eye tales set in the full mysterious splendor of bubbling Bangkok, Thailand, remind us anew of how much meaning we miss out on when we don't worship true artists. Underneath Bangkok society is a deeply encrusted demiworld of hope, despair, corruption and courage that Moore, who has lived there for almost 20 years, paints with maestrolike Dickensian strokes.” —Thomas Plate, The Seattle Times

“Moore not only has written a chilling and fast-paced mystery, but the author also provides an honest description of the local landscape and social underworld of Bangkok, as Calvino and his friend Colonel Pratt desperately try to solve the mysteries before they are permanently retired by the powers that be in government and in the gangs.” —Paul Anik, I Love a Mystery

“The Risk of Infidelity Index [is] festooned with memorable characters and a solid plot. Moore probes the country's dark side to new depths.... ‘Infidelity’ stays focused on crime and detection, in a tightly written narrative ... a satisfying read.” —Mark Schreiber, The Japan Times

“A crime thriller as fine as any in this series … a compelling, page turner…” — Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya People Weekly

“Exciting, enthralling and entertaining writing.” —Pattaya Mail

“This book shows that Chris Moore is at the top of his form.” —Bangkok Post


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PAYING BACK JACK ISBN: 978-974-312-920-9 Heaven Lake Press, trade paperback (2008) 332 pp. Grove Press, hardback (2009) Atlantic Books, mass paperback (2009) Format Available: large trade paperback

“Moore's depiction of Thai life is gritty, colorful and thoughtful. He ranges from the sex trade to politics to the careful and lavish preparations for an upper-class wedding, while never losing track of his fast-paced, hard-boiled story.” —Portsmouth Herald

“The plots are complex, as are the characters, and Moore is a writer who insists on his reader. Inevitably, the most impressive character of all is Bangkok itself, which the author brings wonderfully to life.” —Morning Star (UK)

“Crisp, atmostpheric.... Calvino’s cynical humour oils the wheels nicely, while the cubist plotting keeps us guessing.” —Guardian

“Plenty of action sequences ... fascinating reading ... Moore obviously brings his own experiences of years of living in Bangkok to the story. His love and understanding of Thai sentiments and protocol come across on every page, making the stories even more rich and fulfilling.” —Christine Zibas, ReviewingTheEvidence.com

“Paying Jack Back is the best Calvino yet.... There are many wheels within wheels turning in this excellent thriller.... It's about time everyone discovered Bangkok PI Vincent Calvino.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail


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“The powerful, resonant and nuanced voice of Christopher G. Moore introduced German readers to his private investigator Calvino’s Thailand in a unique way.” —Susanna Mende, Titel Magazine

“Paying Back Jack is so tightly woven and entertaining it is hopeless to try to put it down. Not only was it new and fresh, but I feel like I have taken a trip to the underbelly of Thailand. It is impossible not ot love this book.” —Carolyn Lanier, I love a Mystery

“Moore clearly has no fear that his gloriously corrupt Bangkok will ever run dry.” —Kirkus Review

“A vivid sense of place ... the city of Bangkok, with its chaos and mystery, is almost another character. Recommended.” —Library Journal

“This series belongs on every Asian crime list.” —Booklist

“Moore reveals the seething stew of wealth, corruption, cultural clashes, poverty and lust that is modern Bangkok.… All will appreciate the raw passion that drives the action.” —Publishers Weekly

“Paying Back Jack might be Moore's finest novel yet. A gripping tale of human trafficking, mercenaries, missing interrogation videos, international conspiracies, and revenge, all set against the lovely and sordid backstreets of Bangkok that Moore knows better than anyone.” —Barry Eisler, author of Fault Line


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lot of the evil that exists in Bangkok lays buried beneath the duel headstones of 'culture' and 'tradition'. In Paying Back Jack, Moore isn't afraid to dig the dirt. He knows the system, he knows the city, and he paints it beautifully.” —Colin Cotterill, author of The Merry Misogynist (Dr. Siri Paiboun)

“Moore creates a cast of vibrant characters worthy of the best Elmore Leonard caper for this hard-edged, stylish mystery.... His Vincent Calvino is at once in the finest tradition of the lone private detective and a complete original.” —Matt Beynon Rees, author of The Samaritan’s Secret

“Moore has the intellectual and emotional ability to perceive what is in the hearts and minds of the Thai populace. Not least, he grasps the nuances of language.... I dare say a screen adaptation of at least one of the Calvino books isn’t far off.” —Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post

“Christopher G. Moore is an exceptional writer.... The way the different characters, which seem unrelated to each other, are finally brought together is superb literary craftsmanship. Paying Back Jack is a tale which will have you snarling at the intrusion of a telephone.... Get this book.” —Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail

“Every big city has its fictional detective; and Bangkok's is Vincent Calvino.” —Bangkok 101

“Think Dashiell Hammett in Bangkok..” —San Francisco Chronicle

“It's easy to see why Moore's books are popular: While seasoned with a spicy mixture of humor and realism, they stand out as model studies in East-West encounters, as satisfying for their cultural insights as they are for their hard-boiled action.” —The Japan Times


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The Corruptionist ISBN: 978-616-90393-3-4 Heaven Lake Press, medium trade paperback (2009) 466 pp. Format Available: Medium trade paperback

“An achievement ... interpreting modern, fast changing Thailand with its violent political power struggles.... [T]he levels and depths of observation and insight reach an epic nature in [The Corruptionist].... The new characters are stunning.... The ending is superb.” —Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya Trader

“Very believable ... A brave book ... Another riveting read from Christopher G. Moore and one you should not miss.” —Lang Reid, Pattaya Mail

“Politics ... has a role in the series, more so now than earlier. What with corruption during elections and coups afterwards, the denizens watch with bemusement the unlikelihood of those in office serving their terms. Moore captures this in his books. Thought-provoking columnists don't do it better.... Moore is putting Thailand on the map” —Bernard Trink, Bangkok Post


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NON-FICTION HEART TALK ISBN: 974-94118-9-7 Heaven Lake Press, 3rd ed., trade paperback (2006) 384 pp. Heaven Lake Press, 2nd ed. (1998), reprinted (2000) 225 pp. White Lotus, 1st ed. (1992) 225 pp. Format Available: large trade paperback, Hard Cover (2nd edition), available in Kindle as a mini Valentine Special Edition

“The Thai language must have more expressions for the heart than any other tongue. So the third edition of Heart Talk, which has been greatly expanded, will give your Thai Skills a triple bypass. Never again will locals chuckle at your I-am-Tarzan Thai. Now they’ll just giggle like leprechauns on laughing gas at your off-key pronunciation.” —Untamed Travel, October 2006

“Moore has ... voyaged deeply into the heart of his adopted country, and this is nowhere more evident in his one nonfiction book, the appropriately titled Heart Talk. A groundbreaking exploration of Thai culture, the volume was inspired by Moore’s realization that the notion of heart, in all its forms, is the central metaphor in the Thai language.” —Georgia Straight

“The book should prove an invaluable tool for both Thai speakers and students of that language.” —The Nation

“For anyone who is interested in the Thai language this is a fascinating book.” —www.learningthai.com

“WOW. Not only will this book help you express yourself more in a Thai fashion, it also gives you an interesting glimpse into the Thai psyche.” —www.amazon.com reader’s review


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“Thais are never at a loss for an exact heart phrase. However, no Thai/English dictionary covers their full range and subtlety. With its careful descriptions and practical examples, Moore's book comprehensively fills the gap.” —www.mangosauce.com

“Heart Talk, a book indispensable for discerning Thai concepts and phrases relating the word ‘heart’. ” —www.thaioasis.com

“If you would like to learn more about the Thai language's rich and varied jai expressions, get yourself a copy of the book Heart Talk by Christopher G. Moore.” —www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com


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The Vincent Calvino Reader’s Guide ISBN: 978-616-90393-4-1 Heaven Lake Press, mini pocket book (2009) 164 pp. Format Available: Mini pocket book, Kindle

“ ‘Calvino’s Law’s’ in the novels and quoted in this new book have transformed into ‘guides to survival in an underworld’ a gift to you the reader, from the fictional character, a working expat who has learnt the ropes, and so passes on his knowledge of cultural landmines and common mistakes. . . . There is entertaining advice and insights into a major SE Asia based writer’s craft and motives.” —Richard Ravensdale, Pattaya Trader


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INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS American Editions His Lordship’s Arsenal Publisher: Freundlich Books

His Lordship’s Arsenal Publisher: Critics Choice

Spirit House Paying Back Jack Publisher: Grove Press

The Risk of Infidelity Index Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

Asia Hand (2010) Publisher: Black Cat Press British Editions Spirit House The Risk of Infidelity Index Paying Back Jack Asia Hand (2010) Publisher: Atlantic Books


41 Canadian Editions His Lordship’s Arsenal Waiting for the Lady Publisher: Subway Books

Chinese Editions Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Cold Hit Publisher: China Youth Press

French Edition Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Publisher: Polar Presse

German Editions Spirit House Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Cold Hit Publisher: Unionsverlag

Hebrew Edition Spirit House Publisher: Ketter Publishing House Italian Editions Pattaya 24/7 The Risk of Infidelity Index Publisher: Mondadori


42 Japanese Editions Spirit House Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Publisher: Kodansha Ltd.

Norwegian Editions Spirit House Cold Hit Publisher: Giga Forlag

Portuguese Edition The Risk of Infidelity Index Publisher: Record Publishing Group Spanish Editions Spirit House Zero Hour in Phnom Penh The Risk of Infidelity Index Publisher: Ediciones Paidos Iberica S.A.

Thai Editions Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Publisher: Matichon

Spirit House Pattaya 24/7 A Killing Smile Publisher: Siam Inter Multimedia


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Minor Wife Publisher: Amarin Printing

Turkish Editions Gambling on Magic Publisher: Venus

A Killing Smile A Haunting Smile Cold Hit The Risk of Infidelity Index Publisher: E Yayinlari

CGM Presskit  

Christopher G. Moore Presskit January 2010