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A Nail through the Heart (Poke Rafferty Series #1)

by Timothy Hallinan

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 352
Paperback
ISBN: 9780061257223






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Overview of A Nail through the Heart (Poke Rafferty Series #1)

Travel writer Poke Rafferty was good at looking for trouble—so good that he made a little money writing a few offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored. But that was before Bangkok stole his heart. Now the expat American is happily playing family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and with Miaow, the wary street child he wants to adopt. Yet just when everything is beginning to work out, trouble comes looking for Poke in the guise of good intentions. First he takes in Miaow's friend, a troubled and terrifying street urchin named Superman. Then he agrees to find a distraught Aussie woman's missing uncle—and accept an old woman's generous payment to find a blackmailing theif. Soon, these three seemingly disparate events begin to overlap, pulling Poke deeper into dark, unfamiliar terrain. Gradually he realizes that he's been gliding across the surface of a culture he really doesn't understand—and that what he doesn't know is about to hurt him and everyone he loves.

Beautifully crafted, relentlessly paced, A Nail Through the Heart is an exciting and enticing read that will leave readers hungry for more from the gifted Timothy Hallinan.

Synopsis of A Nail through the Heart (Poke Rafferty Series #1)

Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out. Poke agrees to take in Superman, Miaow's troubled and terrifying friend from the gutter. Then he agrees to help locate a distraught Aussie woman's missing uncle and accepts a generous payment to find a blackmailing thief. No longer gliding carelessly across the surface of a culture he doesn't really understand, suddenly Poke is plodding through dark and unfamiliar terrain—and everything and everyone he loves is in terrible danger.

The Washington Post - Richard Lipez

When Hallinan's personable protagonist, Bangkok travel writer Poke Rafferty, rescues a street urchin named Miaow from a life of degradation, complications pile up fast. They include a missing Australian whose computer files depict grotesque crimes against children, as well as a rich Cambodian matron whose own guilty secrets are on an even more monstrous scale. Hallinan's portrayals of Miaow and a pill-popping wreck of a boy known on the Bangkok streets as Superman are drenched with sorrow, but he also manages to keep his tale of blackmail, extortion and revenge spinning along at a speedy clip, despite the heat and humidity.

About the Author, Timothy Hallinan

Timothy Hallinan is the author of nine widely praised books: eight novels—including the Bangkok thrillers featuring Poke Rafferty, A Nail Through the Heart, The Fourth Watcher, and Breathing Water—and a work of nonfiction. Along with his wife, Munyin Choy, he divides his time equally between Los Angeles, California, and Southeast Asia.

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Editorials

T. Jefferson Parker

"A haunting novel...It’s fast, bold, disturbing and beautifully written. Hallinan is terrific."

Washington Post

"(A) tale of blackmail, extortion and revenge...spinning along at a speedy clip."

I Love A Mystery newsletter

"A well-written, fast paced, beautifully drawn thriller."

Montgomery Advertiser

"Definitely worth a visit. Will keep you on the edge of your seat and clamoring for Hallinan’s next book."

Mysterious News

"Terrific...this series has the potential to captivate readers for a long time to come."

Perfecttext.com

"Brilliantly conceived and beautifully rendered...Artful, compelling and entertaining. Kudos to Hallinan for an exceptional story."

Bookgasm.com

"A page-turner."

Popmatters.com

"Well constructed, lively...full of misdirection, surprises, humor. A well-paced thriller.

Nightsandweekends.com

"Dark and captivating. Sure to keep you guessing—and it’ll leave you wanting to read more from this talented author."

Bookcrossing.com

"Exhilarating."

Popsyndicate.com

"A page turner. Dark, thrilling and unforgettable, A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is a journey you won’t soon forget."

Contra Costa Times

"Excellent. This is a twisted story. You can read and read. And never imagine the end."

The Brown Bookloft

"Rich with detail and sympathetic characters. From a very talented writer."

Bestsellersworld.com

"Timothy Hallinan is a tremendous writing talent. An entertaining read."

Richard Lipez

When Hallinan's personable protagonist, Bangkok travel writer Poke Rafferty, rescues a street urchin named Miaow from a life of degradation, complications pile up fast. They include a missing Australian whose computer files depict grotesque crimes against children, as well as a rich Cambodian matron whose own guilty secrets are on an even more monstrous scale. Hallinan's portrayals of Miaow and a pill-popping wreck of a boy known on the Bangkok streets as Superman are drenched with sorrow, but he also manages to keep his tale of blackmail, extortion and revenge spinning along at a speedy clip, despite the heat and humidity.
—The Washington Post

Publishers Weekly

Brutal torture and equally brutal empathy define this excellent, if sometimes familiar, thriller from Hallinan (The Bone Polisher). Poke Rafferty, a travel writer turned detective, intends to settle down in Bangkok with his ex-prostitute girlfriend, Rose, and a young urchin, Miaow, when Miaow brings her troubled friend Superman into the household. While dealing with this intrusion, Rafferty takes on dual sleuthing assignments to help pay for adopting Miaow. The first case involves finding Australian Claus Ulrich, a hardcore bondage aficionado. When Rafferty meets the powerful and rich Madame Wing while investigating Ulrich's disappearance, she offers him $30,000 to find an envelope and the Cambodian man who took it. The only catch? If Rafferty opens the envelope, he'll learn information about Madame Wing that will force her to kill him. Rafferty stumbles through the clues like the foreigner he is, always on the outside looking in. Despite an overly leisurely ending, the rich depictions of Bangkok's seedy side recall John Burdett's visceral mysteries. (July)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Library Journal

Travel writer Poke Rafferty settles in Bangkok and finds an exotic mess of trouble in this debut by a principal of a top television PR firm. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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