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Fools' River: A Poke Rafferty Thriller Hardcover – 15 November 2017
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--Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal "You might not think a story set in the Bangkok sex trade is your cup of tea, but Timothy Hallinan might change your mind with the humanity of his characters against the seamy backdrop, notably his detective Poke Rafferty."
--Raleigh News & Observer "Outstanding . . . Fans of hard-boiled detective fiction will feel right at home."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "In a bravura performance, Hallinan brings all these stories together around Poke, whose mission as a sleuth is to clear obstacles from the paths of those with the guts to become who they want to be. A gripping thriller, yes, but one that never loses the rhythm of its characters' beating hearts."
--Booklist, Starred Review "[Hallinan] ups his always high-level game . . . Masterful subplots and nuances abound."
--BookPage, Top Pick "Complex and richly drawn."
--Lit Hub "I'd no more forget to read a new Poke Rafferty mystery than I'd forget to put on my glasses first thing in the morning."
--Kittling Books "This is what a truly fine thriller is for: to let you, force you, to ignore the rest of your life and accept that all the love that needs saving, all the life that matters, is in the next chapter. "
--Kingdom Books "One of the best [series] out there."
--Reviewing the Evidence Praise for the Poke Rafferty Thrillers "You could drown in the waves of corruption that surge through Timothy Hallinan's Bangkok mysteries."
--The New York Times Book Review "Poke is a charming protagonist who loves his family and friends fiercely and will do anything to protect them. Highly entertaining."
--Library Journal, Starred Review
"Presents a view of Thailand's underbelly that few visitors ever see."
--Contra Costa Times
"A fast-paced, compelling tale, but also, on every level, a fine literary read. His characters are fully drawn, his Bangkok beautifully evoked, his understanding of the complexities of the human condition so obvious and so full of compassion. This isn't a book just for those in search of a great thriller. It's for anyone in search of a great story--period."
--William Kent Krueger, Edgar-winning author of Ordinary Grace "In Hallinan's Bangkok, the ugly truths of poverty, homelessness, corruption, caste and crime are shaded with tremendous compassion."
--The Arizona Republic
About the Author
- Publisher : SOHO PRESS (15 November 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616957506
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616957506
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.79 x 21.84 cm
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The story is fast paced but as always what i enjoy most is the vivid descriptions of Bangkok and it ex pats! Having spent a lot of time in Thailand and having fallen m live with country i can feel i am there when reading thus.
I love his day to day life in Thailand and ,for me ,the actual story is almost secondary!
It is also fascinating to learn about the bar girls stiries for their point of view...brilliant book and should be read by all who know and live rhe land if smiles as i do
This writer obviously is sympatico with a wide variety of flawed human beings (his other wonderful series hero, Junior Bender, is a burglar by profession) and his compassionate outlook helps Rafferty draw out the best in most of the people he bumps into in Bangkok. But not all: his bad dudes and gals are really, really unpleasant!
And his role as father and protector of his wife and their adopted girl (now a teenager) often leaves Poke surprised if not dumbfounded at the depths of evil -- and sewage! -- into which humanity can sink. This latest Poke Rafferty is the best yet as he makes his way through an exotic underground where challenging a person's morality can easily lead to mayhem or murder. So far, Poke's sense of justice and his love for his family have been tested by some pretty gruesome bad guys and some quite unpleasant cops. But he also meets some bright lights, like a pretty transexual teenagers who has led the hardest of tough lives, who shine through the tawdry glitz of Bangkok's infamous red light districts.
I know you'll dig the Poke Rafferty "mysteries" as much as I do. Pick up "Fool's River," read it and then order the rest of the Poke Rafferty novels. And then check out Junior Bender! You'll be doing yourself a favor.