A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan

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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.


About Timothy Hallinan

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Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of thirteen widely praised books, including The Fear Artist, Crashed, Little Elvises, and The Fame Thief. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes fulltime. He divides his time between California and Thailand.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 354 pages
Genres: Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Matters get even more complicated when he crosses paths with Madame Wing, a terrifying old woman who hires Poke to investigate a theft that has left at least one man dead, and with Miaow’s friend Superman, a scary street kid.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Reviewing the Evidence

Expatriate Poke Rafferty is a freelance writer living in Bangkok.

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Poke Rafferty was good at looking for trouble.

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In a refreshing deviation from the norm, Timothy Hallinan’s real concern lies not with the crafting of a well-paced thriller (which he’s done quite successfully), but with turning the classic hardboiled rugged individualist detective of American noir into a man whose greatest concern is the forma...

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Nights and Weekends

Soon, Poke finds himself on yet another manhunt—after the search for Ulrich leads him to a frightening woman known as Madame Wing, who offers Poke a lot of money—enough to help with Rose’s business and Miaow’s adoption—to help her find a man who stole something very important from her.

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Review: Timothy Hallinan introduces travel writer and sometime investigator Poke Rafferty, a man living on the edge but looking for stability in his life in Bangkok, in A Nail Through the Heart.

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