The Hot Countries

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Publisher Description

Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. Now these men—many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War—have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up at the Expat Bar, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he’s actually using them to get to Poke.

Varney wants two things: money Poke doesn’t have and a person Poke is unwilling to hand over. It quickly becomes apparent that there’s nothing Varney won’t do to secure his goals. As his actions threaten the foundation of Poke’s life in Thailand, the aging men of the Expat Bar discover that they might still be a force to reckon with.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2015
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Soho Press
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

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Great characters, story and exotic Bangkok setting

Hallinan's characters in the Poke Rafferty series are compelling and feel like friends. Poke, Miaow and Rose are creating a family out of the trauma that made up each of their early lives. They overcome their own demons, cultural differences and in the stories, dangerous situations that underscore the fragility of what they have built together. The latest book continues the story of Treasure, the damaged girl Poke befriends in The Fear Artist. Poke has to help keep her away from a man almost as evil as her father while supporting her escape from abuse induced madness.

The supporting cast includes Poke's friend police captain Arthit and his new girlfriend Anna, Miaow's friend Boo who runs the refuge for Bangkok's homeless street kids where Treasure is recovering her sanity and the sad, aging ex-pats who inadvertently lead danger to Poke's doorstep.

The stories take place in Bangkok, which becomes another character with ugliness and beauty similar to the lives of the people who live there. Halinan's strength in the Poke Rafferty books is his ability to transform human ugliness into beauty. The Hot Countries is the latest satisfying tale in the series.

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