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Brought to you by Penguin. 

Now the subject of a major TV series. 

The incredible true-crime story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj and the race to bring him to justice. 

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. 

First published in 1979, but updated here to include new material, On the Trail of the Serpent draws its listeners 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.

©2021 Richard Neville (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • 09-29-21

Gripping from start to finish.

Having been gripped but the BBC series "The Serpent" I was surprised to find very little on offer from Audible to supplement it, but this seemed the best bet.

Seeing the TV dramatisation first really added to the story as not only did I know the characters but they were expertly created and detailed but the televised version.

This audible book added further to the story and really colours in the blanks both in the subjects early lives, but also around the later events that formed the basis of TV programme. There were certainly areas added in to the frame that made this an essential listen.

As such I really enjoyed this and with a great audible performace and gripping story it get's 5 stars all round.

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  • 06-03-21

amazing book

awesome story, Charles is a nut, Herman can have my babies. Long live Knipperberg
PS Marie-Andrée

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  • 05-04-21

Magnificent

Great story of a mad man
chilling account of a deprived mind
would highly recommend