"Hallinan is a wordsmith of the first order, and he puts his great narrative skills into overdrive on this one....You won't read a better thriller this year!"--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Treasure Hunt Author Timothy Hallinan returns to Bangkok, Thailand--and plunges his protagonist, travel writer Poke Rafferty, into ...
"Hallinan is a wordsmith of the first order, and he puts his great narrative skills into overdrive on this one....You won't read a better thriller this year!"--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Treasure Hunt Author Timothy Hallinan returns to Bangkok, Thailand--and plunges his protagonist, travel writer Poke Rafferty, into graver peril than ever before--in The Queen of Patpong, Hallinan's fourth Rafferty thriller following A Nail Through the Heart, The Fourth Watcher, and Breathing Water. Fans of John Burdett, Alexander McCall Smith, Daniel Silva, and Alan Furst who love being transported to exotic locales will be riveted when a nightmare figure from the past arrives at Poke Rafferty's door to bring chaos and danger to the lives of the people he loves.
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-07-05 Hallinan's compassionate fourth Poke Rafferty thriller (after Breathing Water) finds Poke and his live-in girlfriend, Rose, finally married, but a specter from Rose's past as a dancer on Bangkok's notorious Patpong Road comes back to haunt her. As a naive country girl named Kwan, Rose fell for the charms of American Howard Horner, never suspecting that Horner's true interest in her involved something far darker than romance. Long thought dead, sly predator Horner is back in Bangkok to stalk Rose and all who are dear to her. Hallinan uses the menace Horner represents to springboard into a sympathetic depiction of Rose's life, revealing without condescension how a simple farm girl decided that the least bad of all the unappealing options open to her was to offer herself to a parade of strangers for money. Rafferty neither idolizes nor demonizes Bangkok's sex workers, instead casting an empathetic but incisive eye on a class of people often reduced to mere caricature. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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