Bangkok Tattoo published in 2005: the story of a Royal Thai policeman, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, who with his mother manages a brothel.
Sonchai is a devout Buddhist, able to accept the corruption of the system, the violence in society and his own position in the Bangkok sex trade with true Buddhist mindfulness.
"You are a remarkable collection of coincidences held together by a desperate and irrational clinging, there is no center at all, everything depends on everything else, your body depends on the environment, your thoughts depend on whatever junk floats in from the media, your emotions are largely from the reptilian end of your DNA, your intellect is a chemical computer that can’t add up a zillionth as fast as a pocket calculator, and even your best side is a superficial piece of social programming that will fall apart just as soon as your spouse leaves with the kids and the money in your joint account, or the economy starts to fail and you get the sack, or you get conscripted into some idiot’s war, or they give you news about your brain tumor. To name this amorphous morass of self-pity, vanity, and despair is not only the height of hubris, it is also proof (if any were needed) that we are above all a delusional species."
excerpt from Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett.