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Investigating murder, child prostitution, and corruption—all in a day's work for kickass PI Jayne Keeney. The first in a series of funny, gripping crime novels set in Thailand, Behind the Night Bazaar introduces us to this likeable thirty-something private investigator, working undercover in a place where she can do anything but blend in.Australian author Angela Savage speInvestigating murder, child prostitution, and corruption—all in a day's work for kickass PI Jayne Keeney. The first in a series of funny, gripping crime novels set in Thailand, Behind the Night Bazaar introduces us to this likeable thirty-something private investigator, working undercover in a place where she can do anything but blend in.Australian author Angela Savage spent six years living in Southeast Asia and has written a credible, vivid, and hugely fun portrait of a place she clearly loves. Book three in the Jayne Keeney PI series, The Dead Beach, will be published in late 2013....

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ISBN : 9781921145223
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Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Behind the Night Bazaar Reviews

  • Krystal
    2019-03-15 18:28

    Oh boy. How do I even attempt to make this review kind?Firstly, it's such a nothing story. It sets itself up as crime but there's zero mystery and it all gets solved pretty quickly. It's more about corruption and how it's dealt with.That being said, it also has a bunch of x-rated scenes that totally threw me. I felt super awkward reading about the licking of arse cracks and cresting orgasms and hard nipples and packages, etc. So not my jam. It was such a ridiculous inclusion and I honestly can't understand what the value was. If you're going to write hardcore erotica, better to make that clear from the get-go than trying to disguise it as a crime novel.So as a crime novel, it was insubstantial and terrible, with no mystery and too much sex but, as an erotica novel, there was no chemistry, no plausibility, and no build up to the relationships.Jayne is a terrible, colourless character. Everyone who meets her wants to bone her, but she's totally ordinary. She's also incredibly arrogant and frustratingly self-absorbed and I just did not like her one bit. She has no personality. She has no real feeling. She was just ... meh. In fact, I didn't really like any of the characters. Actually none of them. I didn't even realise that Komet wasn't an ancient old fuddy-duddy until the last 20 pages or so. They're all so bland and boring and preachy and one-dimensional and there's just zero to relate to. There's nothing worth investing in.I wasn't thrilled with the Thailand setting, because it was dark and grimy and it really just feels like the author is trying to shove in your face how much she knows about Thailand compared to the tourists who flock there on a regular basis. I don't think it was necessary to include as many Thai phrases as there were. The whole thing just felt incredibly condescending. Maybe it'd be different if I'd been to Thailand, but I doubt it.So.Constructive criticism?Build a plot that hooks the reader with little mysteries that aren't easily resolved. Create deep, multi-dimensional characters who have qualities the reader can relate to. Tone down the sex, or amp it up to a proper erotica novel. Commit to the story. Don't try to impress your reader as anything other than a talented author. Use names that are easy to comprehend on paper.I didn't like it. Not even a little. Sorry. I mean, I'm always impressed by any author who actually finishes a novel, but this particular work suggests a lot of room for improvement.This is a particularly scattered review, I know. I'm just trying really hard not to go on a mean rant and slam this book as much as my heart yearns to.If you like Thailand, or murder mysteries with no mystery, or lots of references to sex and homosexuality, go ahead and pick this one up. As it stands, this was nowhere near my cup of tea.

  • Leah
    2019-02-23 15:27

    A visit to the dark side...Jayne Keeney is an Australian woman working as a PI in Bangkok in Thailand. While she is recovering from an injury she received in the course of an investigation, she decides to visit her best friend Didier in Chiang Mai. After a rather strange and disturbing evening in the gay bars behind the Night Bazaar, Didier's Thai lover, Nou, is found dead and horrifically mutilated. Worse still, Didier is accused of the crime by the police, who shoot him dead, claiming he was resisting arrest. Jayne is determined to clear her friend's name, so must try to find out who really killed Nou, and why.I shall start with my usual disclaimer – I know the author, Angela Savage, via our blogs, so you should assume that there may be some bias in my review. However, as always, I’ll try to be as honest as possible. Although Angela has written three novels in this series, this one was her début and is the first one I've read.Despite the PI set-up, the book isn't really a mystery – we find out who and why quite early on. The real story is about how Jayne navigates her way through the corruption at all levels of society in an attempt to force the authorities to clear Didier's name. It's set amid the seamy side of Thai life – prostitution, including child prostitution, police corruption, and foreign sex tourism. Savage pulls no punches, making it something of a grim read, grittier than my personal taste normally runs to. There is also some graphic sex and a sprinkling of strong language.Didier has been doing outreach work to try to minimise the spread of AIDS not only in the gay community but in the wider Thai society. This has led him to become involved in a project to look at the underlying causes of the massive sex industry in the country and it's here that the motivation lies. Savage raises some interesting questions, especially around the subject of foreign involvement in the sex industry, as both providers and users, and the attempts of foreign law enforcement agencies to intervene. To be honest, the little I know about Thailand comes from the various horror stories surrounding sex tourism by sad old perverts and revolting paedophiles that have hit the British news over the decades and I had been hoping that I might get some insights into other aspects of Thai life (I assume there must be some!), but because of the focus of this plot, that wasn't the case here. I will be interested to see if the later books in the series will widen the focus to let us see a more enticing side to the country. It feels very well researched and the picture of this aspect of Thai life feels unfortunately all too believable. The character of Jayne is well developed – she's strong without having superwoman tendencies, independent but not a loner and, while she's courageous, we are also allowed to see her fear, which keeps her human and likeable. The writing is very good – happily it's written in third person, past tense. The story flows well, never dipping into 'soggy middle' territory, and Savage manages to keep Jayne's grief over Didier's death feeling real without wallowing in the angsty morass so beloved of some of our contemporary crime writers.The book paints an excellent picture of how corruption in the police force allows child prostitution and other forms of sex slavery to thrive, but Savage also highlights that not all sex workers are forced into it – many choose the life because they can earn more that way. Without getting overly preachy, Savage through her characters suggests that poverty is the root cause – while I don't disagree, I felt she took a rather more forgiving approach than I can to parents who sell eight and nine year old girls to the highest bidder, whatever the reason. The foreign sex tourists and the police come off as the baddies – personally I struggled to spot any “goodies”. I was a little disappointed that even Jayne seemed more concerned about Didier's good name than about the abuse of children, although I do think that's more realistic than if she'd been portrayed as a moral crusader – a foreign white knight riding to rescue the Thai people from themselves.The subject matter meant that for me it was more of a thought-provoking read than an enjoyable one. But on the whole, Savage gets a good balance between the examination of the social issues and the telling of an interesting story, and none of the grittier elements feel gratuitous or voyeuristic. A well-written and intriguing look at the seamier side of Thai culture that will appeal to those who like their crime fiction dark. Recommended, and I look forward to seeing how the series

  • Rowena Holloway
    2019-03-02 15:33

    Thoroughly enjoyable: enlightening, tense and evocative.It’s 1996 and Jayne Keeney has fled her native Australia to live in Bangkok, where she works as a PI. It proves a handy skill when her dearest friend is accused of murdering his lover and then shot while ‘evading’ police. Jayne’s investigation puts herself and those who help her in danger. The deeper she gets, the more she has to rely on her wits and ‘Farang’ ways to stay alive. Behind the Night Bazaar reveals Thai culture and the sex trade in an unflinching but sympathetic light: these are people who need to exploit the little they have to stay alive. The foreign tourists who use them don’t get such sympathy——certainly not from this reader. Jayne is liberal minded, generous and opinionated, and her love for her adopted country and its people, particularly those shunned by society, shines. While Jayne Keeney carries the bulk of the narration, Savage uses multiple viewpoints to show not just the conflict between the characters but the competing goals behind them. For me, this somewhat diminished the possible suspense, yet the mystery behind the murders and the insight into another culture is so riveting it didn’t matter. The socio-political landscape shapes the story and the necessary explanations could have overwhelmed the mystery. They don’t. Culture, politics and backstory are handled well and add dimension to the narrative and to Jayne’s character. That complexity and the conflicting but equally defended goals of all major characters are one of this novel’s strengths. Rich in complexity and utterly entertaining, Behind the Night Bazaar is highly recommended for all those crime lovers looking for stories with strong heroines and a vivid sense of place.

  • Philipc
    2019-03-12 19:08

    Behind the Night Bazaar stars "Thirty-something Australian Jayne Keeney [who] works as a PI in Bangkok. Shaken by a serious incident, she heads north to visit her close friend Didier in Chiang Mai..."There she runs foul of the villainous policeman, Lieutenant Colonel Ratratarn, who's idea of policing would put the Borgias to shame. There's a corpse of course - it belongs to a close friend of Jane's, who works on AIDS prevention with Chiang Mai's gay community (the gay bars behind the Chiang Mai night bazaar figure prominently in the story). We soon discover that the Lt. Colonel is the murderer. Jane's job is to find out why."With some help from Arthur Conan Doyle, she digs deep - past the tacky glamour of the city's clubs and bars, arrogant expats, corrupt officials, and a steamy affair - to find out just what happened behind the Night Bazaar."It's a good read - strong characterisation (love Jane), well-realised local setting, and some real humour (far to often novels that claim to be funny, aren't). Very funny passage about third way through, academic sex researcher with Jayne as interpreter and Thai bar-girl:"So, Nalissa, how did you come to be forced into sex work?"Jayne hesitated. "Do you want me to translate that literally?""Why not?"(Jayne explains that in Thai you'd use euphemisms - "bar work" or similar; also, the question assumes that the girl was forced into bar work)."Well, yes." Moira frowned. "For the sake of my research, the meaning must be very clear and specific."Jayne shrugs and asks the question."I understand a little English," Nalissa says in Thai. "You're right, I wasn't forced to do this work. It was my choice. But the farang doesn't want to hear that. So we make up stories to please her. Tell her my father was an opium addict or something."Jayne turned to Moira. "Nalissa says her father was an opium addict."Moira, brows knitted, wrote it down in her notebook. "Go on.""What do I say next?" Jayne asked in Thai."That was good," Nalissa said. "Make it up - tell her I was sold to pay for my father's addiction.""The family was very poor," Jayne said in English. "Nalissa was the eldest child and the most beautiful of the daughters.""Dee mark!" Nalissa said. "I like that. You know, I came here on my own to find work. I studied up to middle school, but there was no senior school in our area. When I got to Chiang Mai I could earn one hundred baht for working twelve hours a day in garment factory-and those places are so hot-or I could make the same just sitting here in an air-con bar drinking with a customer for ten minutes..."Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based writer with a series of crime novels set in late 1990s Thailand. Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript,and she is a winner of the Scarlett Stiletto Award and has twice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards.I really enjoyed this.

  • Karen
    2019-03-13 17:32

    Angela Savage won the Victorian Premiers Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript by Emerging Author in 2004 for this book, then called Thai Died.Jayne Keeney is an expat Australian woman who, in order to avoid a predictable life, left Australia and started teaching English in Thailand. Whilst helping out a student by doing some surveillance on a cheating partner she discovers she has quite a flair for detecting, and that there is a demand for this type of service. She gives up teaching and sticks to working as a private detective in Bangkok doing a good trade in following suspected partners. After a particularly violent turn of events during one such job she seeks some solace in the company of her dearest friend Didier de Montpasse in Chiang Mai. Didier and Jayne share a passion for crime fiction, even though they don't exactly see eye to eye over genre (Didier's a cozy fan, Jayne is strictly hard boiled).As soon as Jayne arrives there is some apparent tension between Didier and his Thai lover Nau. After a night out with Didier at a gay bar in an out of way part of the city, the next morning Jayne finds the papers leading with stories about a brutal murder in the bar that she was drinking in earlier. Things rapidly take a much bigger turn for the worse and Jayne finds herself having to investigate what really happened in that bar.This book covers a considerable amount of ground in and around the sex trade in Thailand - local, sex tourism and paedophilia. There are some big players making a lot of money from this trade and there are lots of connections to the police investigating the bar deaths.Savage has spent some considerable time working in and around Bangkok on Australian Red Cross HIV/AIDS programs and she obviously has an understanding of Thai customs and of the people. The story is peppered with Thai words and phrases and Jayne speaks fluent Thai. The book has a very clear sense of place and the Thai characters and location are clearly defined and interesting.The compelling thing about this book is that it's a crime fiction novel which is touching on a number of very serious social issues: child sexual exploitation, AIDS/HIV, sex tourism and official corruption, but the book tells the message, reveals the consequences, and avoids lecturing.

  • Rob Kitchin
    2019-02-26 13:27

    It took me a little bit of time to get into Behind the Night Bazaar, but once I did the pages kept turning. Jayne Keeney is a little bit lost, somewhat restless, a tad confused about her feelings towards her gay friend, Didier, and occupies a kind of insider-outsider position in her adopted country, able to speak the language fluently and act in culturally appropriate ways but nevertheless a farang (foreigner). She’s also head strong, resourceful and happy to take risks. Her counterpart, the corrupt and scheming Lieutenant Colonel Ratratarn has the same latter qualities, making for an interesting battle of wits. The plot is nicely constructed, with a good build up of tension and a very nice twist towards the end. Savage nicely conveys the culture and place, the everyday life and corruption, and the interplay between locals and foreigners. A tale that gets progressively more engaging as it unfolds and an enjoyable sojourn into a different culture.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-01 11:19

    "Behind the night bazaar" is the first in the Jayne Keeney, P.I., series and a hugely enjoyable and subversive read that does not shy away from the hard topics: paedophile tourism, the AIDs epidemic in Asia and police corruption.The novel is set solely in Thailand, moving across locations in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The cast of characters is culturally diverse (Aussie, Thai, Canadian and the usual sad cast of First World dirty old men), Thai is frequently spoken and transgender people are sympathetically portrayed. Uniquely, every single murder victim in the novel was an adult male, which has to be a first for me as a reader, and a refreshing change. It was a relief not to see female after female dispatched in increasingly sadistic and pointless ways. I'll be seeking out more of Savage's work.

  • Simone Sinna
    2019-02-23 19:22

    So I meet the author at a party, am booked in to hear her interview Kathy Reichs and her sessions at Brisbane Writer’s festival…and I really liked her. Well I clearly needed to buy one of her books!The author worked and lived in Thailand so that’s where she puts her PI Jayne Keeney (a heroine who looks rather like the author me thinks!). I struggled initially with the Thai names and of destinations Asia isn’t my favourite but the writing and the heroine won me over (and she’s rather tough on the hero, kind of like what my heroine does; what is it with Aussie women?). There is an unresolved gay friendship, several murders, police corruption, Aussies behaving badly and under aged sex rings. Plenty to keep the interest up and a cracking pace.

  • J.M. Peace
    2019-03-01 13:23

    There's a lot to like about this book - the characters, storylines, political backstory - but I think it was the evocative descriptions of Thailand that I enjoyed the most. Having spent some time there myself, it completely took me back there again. The corrupt police, casual murdering and fear/powerlessness for some of the characters rang true in a sad sort of way. I throughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the next Jayne Keeney books.

  • Tina
    2019-03-12 13:08

    Very interesting detective mystery set in Thailand. Explores a number of facets of Thai life - corruption in the police force, trafficking of women, HIV/AIDS epidemic, homosexuality, etc. Jayne Keeney is a plucky, likeable main character. Secondary characters are mostly well developed and interesting too. Looking forward to the next in the series - and to the author visiting my library service in Sept.

  • Joanne
    2019-03-06 17:13

    I found this author via a search on the Text publishing site- & boy I'm glad I did- although I feel a little guilty for reading it so quickly . A great debut. I've immediately downloaded the other 2 books in the series.

  • Peter Savage
    2019-02-23 12:27

    Another Aussie writing tight, compelling crime fiction. In the vein of Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski (cheekily referenced in the book), Savage's Jayne Keaney is a tough, sassy, hard drinking, smoking and resourceful P.I. working the hard streets of Chiang Mai. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-22 14:31

    Good, although there is something slightly odd about the pacing and a couple of very unexpected interludes that didn't quite match the tone of the rest.

  • Di
    2019-03-14 19:13

    This is my first encounter with Angela Savage and her detective Jane Keeney. I liked the Thai setting and the exploration of the way the sex trade works. I enjoyed meeting this new detective.

  • Catherine McMahon
    2019-03-05 15:08

    Good first novel in a series that could be quite entertaining. A nice look at the Thai traditions around death, and sexuality.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-02-23 12:17

    I enjoyed meeting this new private detective Jane Keeney.This is the first Angela Savage I've read, good story, well written.

  • Ann Tonks
    2019-02-26 12:23

    Not quite long enough and complex enough on one level. On another, the exploration of Bangkok, the expats, the crime and the landscape were great.