[KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan

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A Nail Through the Heart

Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Free read A Nail Through the Heart Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose the former go go dancer he wants to marry and Miaow the tiny streetwise urchin he wants to adop. I have to admit I was worried about reading this book Worried Thai names and places would be confusing Worried that the subject matter would be too hard to read I couldn t have been wrong and can t recommend this book highlyMr Hallinan has crafted a tightly woven story that rings so true Poke is written so well I don t think it would be possible to feel his love and worry for Rose or Miaow His situation is a tightrope walk and he does it with grace Being a westerner in an eastern culture comes across but he is a westerner with an open mind which allows the reader to understand the culture as well The pornography and other violence depicted is horrifying beyond what you can imagine at least I hope it is But Hallinan doesn t dwell on it and only describes what he needs to so the reader can understand the driving force of some of the characters actions I would say it is shocking and terrible but I wouldn t describe it as too graphicI find that a good story is important to me but great characters are important For the development of his characters I give this book one of my rare five star reviews and it s five with no reservations or half star bump ups I m definitely reading the other three in the series

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Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Free read A Nail Through the Heart D accepts a generous payment to find a blackmailing thief No longer gliding carelessly across the surface of a culture he doesn't really understand suddenly Poke is plodding through dark and unfamiliar terrain and everything and everyone he loves is in terrible dange. I need to start by saying that it is a rare occurrence that I give any book 5 stars I am pretty critical when it comes to characters details and errors in proofreading This book truly deserves the ratingWhile some readers should be warned of the explicit and sensitive content the author did a very good job with the storyline but I m not easily offended In my opinion the shock value was needed to put the reader in a mindset the author wants you to be in in order to lovehate the potential criminalsheroes The story was never too farfetched as a lot of books I ve read lately have been The characters were wonderfully and vividly created Being that this is the first book in a series the only disappointment I had was the last page when all of my uestions weren t answered and one of the characters was missing I ordered the rest of the series onto my Kindle and I realized that this had become an addictive story and I wanted to make sure I got my fix

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Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Free read A Nail Through the Heart T But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out Poke agrees to take in Superman Miaow's troubled and terrifying friend from the gutter Then he agrees to help locate a distraught Aussie woman's missing uncle an. Phuket located on coastal Thailand is a popular tourist mecca It was the height of the season when the 2004 tsunami struck devastating the coasts of some dozen countries and killing thousands in Thailand alone Almost a year later the New York Times reported Tsunami Victims ID Could Take Three Years Aug 23 2005 The event is recapped in the introductory chapter of this bookA NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is set in Bangkok a few months after the tsunami When the protagonist begins his missing person inuiry there is a casual mention of checking the Boards These are the collections of photographs updated daily of new corpses washed ashore along the coast Hallinan presents a vivid portrayal of geography and recent history in this meditative thriller This is not the Thailand of ancient temples and palaces It is the country overrun by restless waves of refugees displaced by years of terrorism in bordering Cambodia and Laos Legions of street orphans have multiplied another legacy of the tsunami Brothels and bars line Patpong Road Throngs of daytime street vendors selling anything from fake watches to T shirts are replaced at night by crowds of expatriots filling bars and brothels Hallinan immerses the reader in the messy colorful feel of a foreign locale He does so with unapologetic candor The book opens with a night scene of two men digging for a safe on the estate of a secluded mansion Water keeps seeping into the hole Hallinan explains Bangkok is a river town built around a network of canals radiating off the Chao Phraya the silt saturated River of Kings The city s office towers roads and palaces float ueasily on a tropical flood plain Even in the dry season the water is always there pooled just beneath the dirt just beneath the pavement Waiting for some fool with a shovel Location 147 The estate the two men and the contents of the safe they exume are tied into the secondary missing person plot The protagonist Poke Rafferty is a specialist in seamy nightlife Until recently he authored a lucrative series of travel guides called Looking for Trouble He is uite familiar with the hedonistic longings of his target audience At this point in his life however he is seeking a substantial anchor one involving meaningful connections He is in a serious relationship with Rose an ex prostitute and is hoping to legally adopt a street child named Miaow A friend in the police force refers a young woman to Rafferty She is concerned that her uncle an Australian expatriot named Claus Ulrich has stopped corresponding with her and seems to have vanished Supposedly Ulrich worked with some local charities but as Rafferty begins to dig a far different picture begins to emergeRafferty constantly confronts Thailand s very different world view He is the typical outsider impatient pragmatic and secular The Thais share the world with a whole pantheon of ghosts a taxonomy of the dead and not only in the less cosmopolitan villages he observes Location 539 Rose is constantly cautioning him to restrain his emotional outbursts Extract good from a bad situation It is a way to earn merit which will help him in the next life she suggests This outlook is a stark contrast to an aggressive self improvement agenda motivating many Westerners exploring Eastern religionsOn the other hand Rafferty s inclination toward hyperbolic wit makes for an entertaining narration Rafferty gains entry to Ulrich s apartment He finds a trove of painkillers that taken cumulatively could prepare an elephant for surgery Location 948 As for the d cor not exactly the manly style he might expect from an Australian you should see the apartment it looks like he roomed with Ludwig of Bavaria he reports to his friend Arthit Location 1271Hallinan populates his book with a range of interesting characters At Miaow s insistence he takes in a damaged and possibly dangerous street child whom everyone calls Superman The boy reflects the often irreversible trauma inflicted on so many children like him due to poverty and rampant corruption Even Rafferty wonders if Superman is a hopeless case That uestion will promote the momentum of the story Another engaging character is Arthit a Thai police officer and close friend to Rafferty Although he is Thai he was educated in England and speaks with the detached ironic understatement of the English When Rafferty discovers Ulrich s maid gave her employment agency a false address the address of a local bank Arthit uips Maybe she sleeps with her money Location 1254This was a fast paced book that tied together several plot threads in a surprising way It explored the underside of a foreign city that is both disturbing and yet hopeful The book is the first in what promises to be an entertaining series


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    [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read Free read A Nail Through the Heart The tsunami has destroyed much in Thailand Chon not his real name seeks a stolen treasure Saudi jewels and shows he is uite willing to kill to continue the uest Poke Rafferty is a Yank who having written a few bo

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    review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan I have to admit I was worried about reading this book Worried Thai names and places would be confusing Worried that the subject matter would be too hard to read I couldn't have been wrong and can't recommend this book highlyMr Hallinan has crafted a tightly woven story that rings so true Poke is written so well I don't t

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    review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read I don't usually write reviews here just list my books and get suggestions But this book really touched me right time place whatever The main character in Timothy Hallinan's A Nail Through the Heart tells this story to an abused streed kid I hate to give advice so I'll tell you a story instead It's a Tibetan Buddhist story A young

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    review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan It's interesting that there aren't mysteries starring travel writers They have far ualifications than most literary amateur detectives they're experienced travelers know how to get around in foreign places perhaps know the language and customs

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    [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Good book Very well written and involving Characters well drawnHOWEVER if you are disturbed by descriptions of child slavery and sexual abuse maybe best to give it a pass I had some pretty horrible nightmares last night and I don't

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    [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan Phuket located on coastal Thailand is a popular tourist mecca It was the height of the season when the 2004 tsunami struck

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    Free read A Nail Through the Heart Timothy Hallinan Ø 0 Free read review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan Having lived in Southeast Asia for over 12 years I have to admit to having some trepidation about reading a book about a white guy named 'Poke'I shouldn't have worried Hallinan offers up a marvelous blend of noir thriller ethnographic study and a complex romance I can honestly say I was engaged every minute of the 10 hoursHis portrait of Bangkok's seamy underbelly is spot on And yet he takes the reader through it with enough of a detache

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    [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan I need to start by saying that it is a rare occurrence that I give any book 5 stars I am pretty critical when it comes to characters details and errors in proofreading This book truly deserves the ratingWhile some readers

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    Free read A Nail Through the Heart [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan First of four in the Poke Rafferty series This is my third re read I thought about moving it down to four stars from five because f

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    review ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ø Timothy Hallinan [KINDLE] A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan Poke Rafferty's first adventure has so much crammed into it that when I saw the page count on Goodreads I listened to the audio book I couldn't believe it was only 300 odd pages The blurb at the top is a pretty good description so I won't waste time by repeating it here or add to it in case I spoil anyone's fun It took me

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