The Fear Artist (Poke Rafferty Series #5)

The Fear Artist (Poke Rafferty Series #5)

by Timothy Hallinan
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The Fear Artist 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DenverDumbie More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a suspenseful and sometimes funny book set in Thailand then this character, Poke Rafferty and author, Timothy Hallinan is for you. If you want to read exciting detective novels set in the USA then Hallinan has another series for you. You will not be disappointed with any of Halliinan's books. I wasn't.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
One thing you can always count on in a Poke Rafferty novel: Wherever he is, trouble will find him. Even in such an innocent task as buying two gallons of paint to refurbish his apartment while his wife and daughter are away. As Poke is leaving the store, a man is shot dead, whispering three words to Poke as he expires, and thereby setting off a chain of events that powers the plot. Nearly at once, Poke is almost arrested by security forces, and he flees until he can ascertain what’s going on. And it’s a rough trail. Apparently he is thought to know something important, but he doesn’t know what the thing that he was told by the dying man means. Obviously, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Meanwhile, the monsoon is rampaging and flood waters rising to engulf Bangkok, as Poke runs around attempting to solve his problems. Unlike the previous four entries in the series, there is little humor in the novel to lighten Poke’s problems and the reader’s concerns. This is a serious book questioning whether the security steps taken in the name of our nation’s defense against terrorism (whether here in the United States or in southern Thailand where thousands have been slain to date) is justified, or is a violation of basic rights. A well-told tale, and one that is recommended.
Vermontcozy More than 1 year ago
Poke Rafferty.. A simple day he thinks..But it turns out to to be an engrossing novel that had me up very late just to finish it..I was so impressed with the enormous research that Tim Hallinan had done..That I thought we as Americans Will we ever learn the truth..Poke encounters Secrets that he shouldn't know..But it only gets his adrenaline pumping to find out all he could..All the while not telling his Family..who are away at the time..Then a Girl shows up..WIll not post any spoilers..A Multi Generational Novel, do you want to know?
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