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On The Trail Of The Serpent: The Life And Crimes Charles Sobhraj

On The Trail Of The Serpent: The Life And Crimes Charles Sobhraj

  • Author: Richard Neville, Julie Clarke
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781529112436
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Soon to be the subject of a major BBC TV drama, this is the only full-length study of notorious serial killer, Charles Sobhraj

Charles Sobhraj remains one of the world’s great conmen, 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 westerner 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, The Life and Crimes of Charles Sobhraj 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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