Christopher G. Moore, Bangkok detective novels
While getting some of CM's older books from the library, I ran into another author with a remarkably similar name who writes hardboiled-detective novels set in Bangkok. (This may be old news for everyone else here, but since I just ran into CM's books a few weeks ago. . . .)
It's hard to say whether his books are really all that good or not, since he has about eleven novels published in the series, but only four have been reprinted in the U.S. I think the one I read was seventh. It's obvious that there is a ton of backstory that can only be obtained by buying e-books off Amazon, unless one wishes to go to Bangkok and buy the old books there.
That said, it was continually off-putting to read about this detective who is running his own business there, when foreigners cannot legally do so (all businesses must be owned at least 51% by Thais). The writing was chaotic and very unclear at times (only partly due to that backstory problem). His descriptions of expat types and attitudes were often pretty dead-on (old alcoholics and sexpats abound in Thailand). The main character seems to have no problem carrying a gun around, which might barely be possible given his apparent close relationship with a senior police officer (again, backstory problem), but is so unilkely as to be preposterous (especially with how other police seem to behave when they find him carrying).
Overall, his books are ok, probably a bit below average. It's too bad that the rest of them aren't readily available in the U.S.; I'd like to find out how much of the glaring I-can-t-suspend-my-disbelief-this-much is because I don't know what went on in the previous six books.