After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled: his family is about to grow, and his adopted Thai daughter, Miaow, seems to have found her place at junior high school at last. But all that is endangered when Miaow helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that turns out to contain photographs of two...
After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled: his family is about to grow, and his adopted Thai daughter, Miaow, seems to have found her place at junior high school at last. But all that is endangered when Miaow helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that turns out to contain photographs of two murdered police officers. As Miaow’s carefully constructed personal life falls apart, Rafferty discovers that the murders are part of a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement and beyond.
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“Graham Greene and John le Carré are the writers who remind me of Timothy Hallinan’s carefully crafted characters and his ephemeral environs that undulate like a wisp of Far-East smoke. The Poke Rafferty thrillers are one of the best series in the biz right now and For the Dead is the best of the bunch.”
—Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of A&E’s hit drama Longmire
“Tim Hallinan is our Charles Dickens in modern-day Thailand. In the latest Poke Rafferty thriller, his adopted adolescent daughter, Miaow, takes center stage, using both her wiles and hurt from her former street life to help a classmate pursued by frightening men with unknown agendas. The promise of family is what is at stake in this novel which is both thrilling and heartbreaking. If you haven't read a Poke Rafferty novel yet, For the Dead will certainly bewitch you to take on the whole series.”
—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane
“Timothy Hallinan writes the kind of thriller other writers only dream about. For the Dead is not only a fast-paced, compelling tale, but also, on every level, a fine literary read. His characters are fully drawn, his Bangkok beautifully evoked, his understanding of the complexities of the human condition so obvious and so full of compassion. This isn’t a book just for those in search of a great thriller. It’s for anyone in search of a great story—period.”
“For the Dead, by Timothy Hallinan, offers equal measures of joy and sorrow. The joy of beautiful writing, characters that grip your soul, and a beguiling story told against the sorrow of a magnificent people making their way in a world besieged by corruption and chaos. Beautiful, scary, and heartbreaking all at once. Read it and weep. ”
“Will satisfy readers' most self-righteous desires for revenge even as it promises a rare moment of equipoise for this rewarding franchise.”
“A fine thriller set in an exotic locale, but Hallinan’s insightful development of Miaow’s character and the family dynamics makes this one more than just a thriller.”
–Booklist, STARRED Review
“It really doesn’t matter whether you prefer serious, get-it-done heroes like Jack Reacher or Dave Robicheaux or wisecracking sleuths along the lines of Elvis Cole or Shell Scott, you have to love Timothy Hallinan’s protagonist travel writer/adventurer Poke Rafferty ... In five words: Could. Not. Put. It. Down. ”
“If you ever need to argue that crime fiction can engage social issues, delve into human relationships, provide vividly real settings, and be as attentive to the power and grace of language as literary fiction, bring Poke Rafferty with you as an expert witness. Timothy Hallinan's series about a mixed-race American travel writer who has settled in Bangkok with a bespoke family combines thriller elements (seriously dangerous bad guys, heroic good guys, and heart-in-your-mouth action scenes) with unusual tenderness. ”
“While there are plenty of foot and car chases, fisticuffs and a murder or five, Hallinan is able to wring suspense of a different sort out of everyday domestic tableaus as well. If there is a thriller novel published this year that contains a more perfect balance between plot and character than FOR THE DEAD, I either haven’t read it yet or have momentarily forgotten it. ”
“Hallinan's series can be described as vivid, poetic, often funny, always aware of social issues, and yes, thrilling. But in this installment another of his qualities as a writer is on display that isn't often associated with thrillers: tenderness. Though the evil at work is not so much larger than life as it is a normal kind of greed and selfishness, the depiction of the characters, old and young, threatened by greed is the novel's big-hearted center. ”