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A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan
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Jan 20, 10

it was amazing

Philip Rafferty, better known as Poke, is a travel writer living in Bangkok, Thailand with his household consisting of Rose, his girlfriend, a former go-go dancer and Miaow, a former street urchin. He longs to marry Rose and adopt Miaow but first, he has some issues to resolve. He has to track down Uncle Claus, for his distraught niece, Claudia; he has to find a friend of Miaow’s from her street days, named Superman and he has to locate a blackmailing thief for an old woman. Soon, all these tasks begin to overlap and Poke finds himself and his family in deep trouble. His Thai friend, Arthit, member of the Bangkok police, offers as much help as he can, but Poke is being hunted by other members of the police force, in the pay of the evil Madame Wing. Poke is shot at; beaten up; lied to at every step of the way. It is quite an exciting thrill ride. The resolution is very satisfactory, but there are questions left hanging for a sequel. A great read, with a wonderful sense of place; if you are looking for what it is like to live in Thailand, this is the book to read (but only if your name is Poke Rafferty).

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