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On the trail of the serpent : the life and crimes of Charles Sobhraj

Neville, Richard, 1941-20162020
Charles Sobhraj remains one of the world's great con men, and as a serial killer, the story of his life and capture endures as legend. Born in Vietnam to a Vietnamese mother and Indian father, Sobhraj grew up with a fluid sense of identity, moving to France before being imprisoned and stripped of his multiple nationalities. Driven to floating from country to country, continent to continent, he became the consummate con artist, stealing passports, smuggling drugs and guns across Asia, busting out of prisons and robbing wealthy associates. But as his situation grew more perilous he turned to murder, preying on Western tourists dropping out across the 1970s hippie route, leaving a trail of dead bodies and gruesome crime scenes in his wake. "On the Trail of the Serpent" draws its readers into the story of Sobhraj's life as told exclusively to journalists Richard Neville and Julie Clarke. Blurring the boundaries between true crime and novelisation, this remains the definitive book about Sobhraj -- a riveting tale of sex, drugs, adventure and murder.
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On the trail of the serpent : the life and crimes of Charles Sobhraj / Richard Neville and Julie Clarke ; revised and updated by Julie Clarke.
Revised and updated edition.
London : Vintage, 2020.©1979
xii, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits, illustrations ; 20 cm.
Revisions and new material copyright 2020.Original edition published: London : Jonathan Cape, 1979.
9781529112436 (pbk)9781529112436
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LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult Non Fiction - True Crime364.152 SOBAvailable
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