The Second Poison

Hate, Revenge and Redemption on the Streets of Bangkok

Fiction - Thriller - General
208 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2020
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Author Biography

Dutch national Pieter Wilhelm was born in the eastern part of the Netherlands to a very religious family who attempted, unsuccessfully, to indoctrinate him with their brand of religion. A runaway teen who dropped out of technical college, Pieter worked the funfairs before cleaning and coating oil tanks on ships and in factories. After entering compulsory national service at 19, Pieter was convicted of insubordination for which he served time in a military jail. Once discharged from the army, he worked as a delivery courier and sold insurance. In 2005, Pieter emigrated to Thailand and became a language teacher in Bangkok. Pieter likes to travel, not only in Thailand but also throughout Southeast Asia, frequently off the beaten track. He is a profound atheist and a great admirer of famous atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.

The Second Poison is his debut novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Second Poison is a revenge crime novel by author Pieter Wilhelm. Tony Lynch is a former interrogator with years of experience working for the US Armed Forces. On a routine visit to his family home in Kentucky, Lynch finds out that his father has committed suicide. Upon further investigation, he uncovers that his father had been scammed out of his retirement funds by a boiler room based in Thailand. With his mind hell-bent on revenge, Tony packs his bags and travels to Bangkok. During the investigation, Tony is shocked to learn that the perpetrators have sophisticated networks with links to international criminal organizations. Now, Tony's only hope of success is to seek the help of locals and bring down the organization together. Will Tony succeed?

The Second Poison: Hate, Revenge and Redemption on the Streets of Bangkok is a crime thriller based on the premise of hate, how years of abuse can fill a man with a cold and blind hatred toward everything about the world. Pieter Wilhelm's story explores the exploitation of minors in rural Thailand and how poverty drives them into the world of prostitution, drugs, and other criminal activities. The plot moves at a fast pace, and Pieter seems well-informed on the hierarchal constructs of Thai society. He deftly conveys the impact of sex tourism on the locals. Overall, it's a solid debut novel.