The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan
(Poke Rafferty Thriller)

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"Edgar-finalist Hallinan’s heartrending, unforgettable fifth Poke Rafferty thriller" (Publishers Weekly starred review) set in Thailand comes to Soho Crime
 
An accidental collision on a Bangkok sidewalk goes very wrong when the man who ran into Rafferty dies in his arms, but not before saying three words: Helen Eckersley. Cheyenne. Seconds later, the police arrive, denying that the man was shot. That night, Rafferty is interrogated by Thai secret agents who demand to know what the dead man said, but Rafferty can't remember. When he's finally released, Rafferty arrives home to find that his apartment has been ransacked. In the days that follow, he realizes he's under surveillance. The second time men in uniform show up at his door, he manages to escape the building and begins a new life as a fugitive. As he learns more about his situation, it becomes apparent that he's been caught on the margins of the war on terror, and that his opponent is a virtuoso artist whose medium is fear.


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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 July 17, 2012 by Soho Crime. 342 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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In an uncharacteristic burst of domestic energy, Rafferty is just emerging from a store, lugging cans of paint destined for the walls of the apartment he shares with his wife, Rose, and their adopted daughter, Miaow, when he collides first with a crowd of pedestrians streaming down the road, then...

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At the start of Edgar-finalist Hallinan’s heartrending, unforgettable fifth Poke Rafferty thriller (after 2010’s The Queen of Patpong), travel writer Rafferty collides with an overweight man around 65, possibly a German or American, on a wet Bangkok street.

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It takes a moment for Poke to realize that the man has been shot.

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In 2011, in the aftermath of the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, Hallinan edited an e-book of original short stories by 20 mystery writers, SHAKEN: Stories for Japan with all proceeds going to disaster relief.

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The man, Rafferty and two gallons of Apricot Cream and two Gallons of “a sort of rotted eggplant color called ‘Urban Decay–Miaow’s rebellious choice” crash to the sidewalk in the middle of a running crowd.

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Book Reporter

So the question becomes: What is Rafferty --- no pushover, but still a travel writer --- going to do once he gets a hold of Murphy?

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Reviewing the Evidence

Connoisseurs of contemporary crime fiction know Timothy Hallinan's Thailand-based Poke Rafferty series;

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Seattle PI

Before Poke can be whisked away by the security forces who deny, rather forcefully, the man was shot, the man gasps out three words in Poke's ear;

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Poke Rafferty is at the wrong place at the wrong time when a man is shot, falls into his arms, hands him a slip of paper and with his dying breath says, "Helen … Eckersley … Cheyenne" in The Fear Artist, the fifth mystery in this series by Timothy Hallinan.

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Buried Under Books

Poke Rafferty’s wife, Rose, has taken their daughter Miaow out of town to visit Rose’s mother.

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The Big Thrill

It’s about how writers plot, and features essays and question-and-answer sessions with 21 very good writers.

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