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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.