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By Christopher G. Moore

About the Book

The annual Cobra Gold joint military operation arrives in Pattaya dumping thousands of US naval and marine personnel on the city.   Russian Mafia and local Chinese-Thai gangsters decide this is a good time to rob a warehouse filled with war weapons.   Duvel, a retired American, a caretaker for his aged Thai stepmother, also looks over the well-being of foreign expats as a member of the Pattaya Foreign Volunteer Police.   Duvel, who leads a US Navy shore patrol down Walking Street, becomes entangled in the lives of criminals planning a warehouse heist. Meanwhile, Duvel’s mother, with the assistance of a macaw and a Moscow escort worker, slowly unravels the ancient secret formula of hell beer.   As the double-crosses multiply, the fate of the heist and hell beer formula is in the hands of the winner of a Pattaya katoey beauty pageant.

“The Wisdom of Beer is a hilarious portrait of a Thai Chinese family struggling with both its history and its future as their attempts to exploit a priceless family secret intersect with the paths of a Russian arms trafficker.” —John Burdett

The Wisdom of Beer is a uniquely hilarious romp from the pen of one of Thailand’s top story tellers.” —Colin Cotterill

About the Author

Canadian Christopher G. Moore is the creator of the award winning Vincent Calvino crime fiction series and the author of the Land of Smiles Trilogy.

He studied at Oxford University and taught law at the University of British Columbia. His first fictional work were radio plays for the CBC and NHK. His first novel was published in New York in 1985.   After four years in New York, at the end of 1988, he arrived in Thailand.   The visit was meant to be temporary.   More than 20 years on and 23 novels later, he continues to live and write in Bangkok.   His novels have been published in a dozen languages.

The second novel in his Vincent Calvino series, Asia Hand, won the Shamus Award (Best Original Paperback) in 2011.   The third novel, Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, won the German Critics Award for International Crime Fiction (Deutsche Krimi Preis) in 2004, and the Premier Special Director’s Award Semana Negra (Spain) in 2007.

He is also the author of The Cultural Detective selected as book of year for 2011 by Reid Lang, Pattaya Mail. And he is the editor of Bangkok Noir, an international group of authors who have written short stories to critical acclaim.   His new collection of essays Faking It In Bangkok will be released in February 2012.   Currently he working on a new novel, and two anthologies a short story collection titled Phnom Penh Noir and a collection of essays titled The Orwell Brigade.

He is a frequent speaker and this year will appear at the launch of the French edition of Zero Hour in Phnom Penh in Paris and Buenos Aires where he will be feature speaker at the Argentina Noir Conference.

For more information about the author and his books, visit his website: .

He also blogs at International Crime Authors: Reality Check: .

B-Format | Baht 495 | Pages: 310
ISBN: 978-616-7503-11-0