“Tell me about the girl.”
“Nok is…was my girlfriend. She wanted her own business, but did not have enough money. The bank robbery was my opportunity to show her how much I loved her.”
“Where is Nok now?”
“I don’t know. She hasn’t contacted me, since I gave her the money. I think she has left me.”
“Why do you think that?”
“She caught me coming out of the back room with a bar girl at the Lucky Nine club. My zip was undone. I had won this big bet from Tan Dai, one of the regulars, and celebrated too much. I was a little crazy. Now I’ve lost everything.”
“Where does she live?”
“Sometimes she stays with her Chinese grandfather, I think, but I don’t know for sure.”
“What’s her grandfather’s name?”
“Nok told me that he is husband of Lucy Lee…the film actress, that’s all I know.”
Prik Dum thought for a moment. “Do you know another Chinese man called Jackie Chan who could be related to Nok?”
“I can get you out of here. Make a new start. Give you a job,” said Prik Dum.
“Trust me, I have influence.”
Mark Nagathornporn took his time. “Nok once mentioned a family cousin that worked for her grandfather, but she was frightened of him, and I don’t know his name. Is this the person you’re looking for?”
“Maybe. Why was she frightened?”
“He wear white suit but has black heart.”
Prik Dum smiled to himself. A link to the Chinese crime lord and one step closer to the missing money. The bank manager would be an ideal recruit.
“It really is your lucky day, bitch,” he enlightened Mark Nagathornporn, slipping him a stiletto blade. “There could be a demonstration soon.”
Rumour had it that when the prison reached the critical overcrowding point, some ‘cleansing’ was orchestrated by the authorities.
It took three days for Prik Dum to get clearance from Colonel Chooshoop. The riot at the Bangkok Hilton was finally contained, but the Vietnamese lifer was no longer a lifer, being somewhat dead along with several others. Mark Nagathornporn, now known as Magnam by the inmates, was transferred to a police jail in Prik Dum’s district pending resettlement and spiritual salvation.