The Fourth Watcher (Poke Rafferty Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiancée, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit. ...

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The Fourth Watcher (Poke Rafferty Series #2)

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Overview

The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiancée, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit. With a rogue American Secret Service agent targeting Rose for her unwitting part in a North Korean counterfeiting operation, Poke can see trouble descending from everywhere to attack those he loves—and it will take every skill he possesses to keep them, and himself, alive.

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Editorial Reviews

Booksandwich.com
“Hallinan’s writing is quick and dirty, with bite-sized chapters that always seem to end with me wanting mor, and making me dive into the next chapter, (and then the next). A fast, exciting read.”
NewMysteryReader.com
“THE FOURTH WATCHER is true suspense in the Hitchcock mold. Hallinan has created an exceptional thriller.”
Sullivan County Democrat
“The suspense plot is thrilling, the atmosphere is rich and completely convincing, and this is a compelling and finally very satisfying story, and a terrific 2nd volume in what is turning out to be a very good series of novels. It’s a pleasure to settle comfortably into such a book.”
Nightsandweekends.com
“A stunning follow-up to A Nail Through the Heart. It’s filled with mystery and suspense—as well as a healthy dose of heart—and it’s artfully painted in varying shades of gray. Beautifully written yet satisfyingly seedy, it’s a must-read for mystery enthusiasts and literary types alike.”
BookPage
“Call me a sucker for thrillers set in exotic foreign locales. Guilty as charged; please let me serve out my sentence in the Thailand depicted by Timothy Hallinan in his wickedly atmospheric new work, The Fourth Watcher.”
CollectedMiscellany.com
“Action and suspense with well-drawn characters and the gritty and exotic Bangkok setting. But on another level you have the continued exploration of the emotions involved in complex family relations. (A) first rate thriller with a depth you don’t always find in the genre.”
Bookloons.com
“Don’t miss THE FOURTH WATCHER, an outstanding thriller well-steeped in the exotic brew of South East Asian culture and politics.”
Japan Times
“This new breed of character for a series is a welcome addition to the thriller fiction set in Asia.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061983313
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Series: Poke Rafferty Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 216,322
  • File size: 833 KB

Meet the Author

Timothy Hallinan is the author of nine widely praised books: eight novels—including the Bangkok thrillers featuring Poke Rafferty—and a work of nonfiction. Along with his wife, Munyin Choy, he divides his time equally between Los Angeles, California, and Southeast Asia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Umm number

    TOU WRITE TOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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    Hallinan writes another page turner

    No matter how hard Poke Rafferty tries, even when he isn't looking for trouble, trouble comes looking for him.

    Poke is the author of the "LOOKING FOR TROUBLE" travel books that give readers ideas on how to escape the routes taken by less adventurous travelers who want to plunge into the roads less traveled. More than ready to settle down with Rose and their adopted daughter, Miaow, Poke has decided to abandon the series for the domestic life he craves.

    In THE FOURTH WATCHER, trouble shows up in the form of a US Secret Service Agent, Richard Elson. Peachy, who manages Rose's housekeeping business, has been arrested for passing counterfeit money, money she got from a bank. Poke learns from his friend, Arnold Prettyman, a spy, maybe, that North Korea is trying to flood the world with counterfeit American and Thai currency that is so good it is difficult for even experts to tell the difference. Clearly, someone is passing the notes through reputable banks and on to innocent customers like Peachy. Prettyman warns Poke to stay clear of this mess; Poke, of course, will not.

    In the meantime, Poke realizes that he is being followed by people who take their roles very seriously. When he is attacked and kidnapped, he comes to in a garage. A young woman tells Poke someone wants to talk to him. "...Poke sees an old man shuffle around the end of the van, his feet in cheap carpet slippers. The edge of the light hits his knees, and then, as he moves forward, his waist, and then his shoulders, and then his face, and Poke looks at the face twice befpore he launches himself from the chair, shaking off Leung's hand, and does his level best to break his father's nose." (page 84). Poke hasn't seen his father since he was 16. Frank Rafferty brings with him Ming Li, the half sister Poke didn't know he had, and a box of rubies.

    From this point things get complicated. When Rose and Miaow become pawns, Poke realizes that family created by blood isn't the same as a family created by bonds, until Rose teaches him something different.

    THE FOURTH WATCHER is the second in the Poke Rafferty series; Timothy Hallinan creates characters better than most authors. He doesn't let the reader forget that Bangkok is a character, too.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    A Crime Story

    None of the charm of Hallinan's first novel, A Nail Through the Heart can be found in his second. Although labeled a novel of Bangkok, it really could have taken place anywhere. In the first book, Bangkok itself is a character in the book; here just incidental. In my opinion the author just got carried away and created a long, convoluted plot that no doubt amused him, but tired me. I still look forward to reading his third novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Family Crime Stuns All!

    Poke Rafferty is finally settling down in today's Bangkok with his girlfriend Rose whom he is about to marry and his adopted daughter, Miaow. First he seemed bound to rescue them from the horrific poverty that dooms so many Thai girls to a life of prostitution and drugs in order to survive. But the more he loves this country, the more he sees its people as individuals for whom he cares. The reader is exposed to the seamier yet entrancing world of nighttime Bangkok that drives Asiaphiles to love it so much that they decide to stay there and become part of it all. So runs Poke's story. But is his world truly about to become placid and ordinary, an extraordinary possibility in Bangkok in itself? On a peaceful evening when Rafferty gives Rose a beautiful three-stoned ring, symbolizing the unity of Poke, Rose and Miaow, a bunch of 'suits' come banging on his door. Thus begins a hair-raising, confusing, ever-deepening story of layers of connection Rafferty could never have conjured in his most imaginative dreams. The suits are investigating Rose and her partner, Peachy, for giving their cleaning employees money that's counterfeit. It seems that the problem can be solved simply by tracing the money back to the bank where Rose got it that morning, but unfortunately Peachy's got this gambling, rag-tag background that's rather questionable, to say the least, involving the untimely suicide of her ex-husband. It also seems that North Korea is clearly involved and counterfeiting money is the main and sole source of most of their wealth, a fact known to multiple governments but a fact it seems impossible to stop. Enter Frank Rafferty, Poke's father, whom Poke hasn't seen in years and some characters who are warning Poke that he is in some huge, dangerously uncharted territory for which he's not prepared. In between Poke ragging on his father for skipping out years ago and having another wife in China emerges this story of Frank's connection to China. It's got more to do with crime than bigamy and the intricately woven tapestry unravels bit by bit as the dangerous criminal world stakes increase for both Rafferty and his family.'' It's Frank versus Poke at first and grows to their common mission to defeat their rapidly approaching killers! The Fourth Watch: A Novel of Bangkok is a finely tuned, spinning tale that spans several subplots converging to form a powerful, explosive ending every reader will thrill to experience! Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 28, 2008

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific twisting Thai thriller

    In Bangkok, travel writer Poke Rafferty, accompanied by his girlfriend former hooker Rose and their adopted child Miaow, is conducting street research into the unsafe underbelly of the Thai city as part of his next book. However, he vows to stay out of trouble starting with the three ¿faded¿ shirts who remind him of Pennyman¿s First Law of Espionage: ¿the other guy is good¿. However he remains unaware of the Fourth Watcher. --- Meanwhile the U.S. Secret Service accuses the statuesque Rose of working for the North Koreans by passing counterfeit money apparently the Kim II government is surviving by inundating the world with billions of fake dollars. While Poke tries to extradite his now fiancée from her mess, Ming Li abducts him and takes him to his estranged despised father, Frank, whose adversary Colonel Chu begins a deadly scheme Rafferty with his friend police officer Arthit, whose wife is caught in the growing tsunami, try to counter it. --- This exciting sequel to A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is a terrific twisting thriller that takes the audience on a tense tour of Thailand as Poke struggles to save the two women in his life and the wife of his buddy. The story line is fast-paced and the cast solid especially enlightening is the relationship between father and son as the latter has not forgiven the former for walking out on his mother and him years ago. Fascinatingly Chu believes blood is thicker than water so he expands his personal war to include Poke, Rose, and Miaow. Throw in Kim¿s agents and American counterspies on top of all that is going on leads to one heck of a Bangkok ride. --- Harriet Klausner

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