Timothy Hallinan has a great series set in Thailand. The hero is an
American journalist named Poke Rafferty. Breathing Water is the latest novel in
his series. It is released today.
Here’s a taste of the
“For American ex-pat writer Poke
Rafferty, a late-night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: an "opportunity"
to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire
with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems like a
stroke of luck, but as with so many things in vibrant, seductive, contradictory
Bangkok—a city of innocence and evil, power and poverty—the allure of
appearances masks something much darker. Within a few hours of folding his
cards, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, beloved adopted daughter, Miaow, and best
friend, Arthit, an honest Bangkok cop, have become pawns in a political struggle
among some of Thailand's richest, most powerful, and most ruthless
Breathing Water has picked up impressive advance
reviews as well.
"Humor and horror expertly play off
one another in a rapid-fire story of political intrigue and murder. The plot is
skillfully tangled and the sense of menace refreshingly relentless. Top form
writing set in Bangkok, a great place for action and a backdrop Hallinan uses to
superb advantage." (James Church, author of A Corpse in the Koryo
"Another masterpiece of contemporary crime fiction. Hallinan takes us
on a thrilling Tuk Tuk ride into a city seemingly always on the verge of chaos
that somehow always manages to hold together-if you like tautly plotted,
intelligent crime fiction do yourself a favor and jump on board." (Adrian
McKinty, author of Dead I Well May Be and Fifty Grand)
If you haven’t read Tim’s books
before, you are missing something special. Breathing Water is a
great introduction to his series.