Jailhouse Schlock

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Brought to book: Klong Prem will bring out your inner writer

Is it possible for a foreign male to visit Thailand without getting a) waylaid in a girlie bar, or b) arrested? This question struck me recently in Phuket, where the best-selling titles at the airport bookshop included a self-published novel about a murdered Thai prostitute, an exposé of the country's sex industry and two memoirs by foreigners who had served time in Thai jails — a genre already as overcrowded as the prisons themselves. That Singapore publisher Monsoon Books feels there is room for one more — Nightmare in Bangkok by Andy Botts — begs two more...

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