The ''Bangkok Tattoo'' author is the only writer penning thrillers about a Buddhist cop

By EW Staff
June 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Age 53

Mustworthiness He’s the only author out there (that we’ve heard of anyway) who’s writing thrillers starring a Buddhist cop — Bangkok 8 and his latest, Bangkok Tattoo. In the process, he sheds a fascinating light on the underworld of Thai prostitution.

Why Thrillers? ”There are plenty of brilliant people who are too stressed out to read challenging literary novels.”

On His Must List ”My honest answer is the new translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead [a Tibetan Buddhist mortuary text].”

Huh? ”Okay. The Matrix films. And I recently bought a DVD of Fellini’s Satyricon.”

Next Burdett is currently working on the third Bangkok book. ”I would really love to have a trilogy. No one talks about duets of books.”