Just read John Burdett’s second Bangkok series – Bangkok Tattoo – and I’m a little disappointed. The first book – Bangkok 8 – was good, but something happens to the narrator in the second book. He speaks directly to the reader – the “farang” – very often (makes me feel self-conscious as a reader) – and his attitude seems more cynical and less Buddhist. This change in the narrator’s character was a bit of a turn off. I’m hoping the third book – Bangkok Haunts – will be better. Also, Kimberly Jones, the American character from the first book, returns. She’s a character I’d like to know more about – her motives in the first book were unclear (how and why she falls for the narrator so quickly and so… hard was a mystery to me and I felt like I was missing something), so I didn’t really understand her character.