A Nail Through the Heart

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Travel writer Poke Rafferty was good at looking for trouble—so good that he made a little money writing a few offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored. But that was before Bangkok stole his heart. Now the expat American is happily playing family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and with Miaow, the wary street child he wants to adopt. Yet just when everything is beginning to work out, trouble comes looking for Poke in the guise of good intentions. First he takes in Miaow's friend, a troubled and terrifying street urchin named Superman. Then he agrees to find a distraught Aussie woman's missing uncle—and accept an old woman's generous payment to find a blackmailing theif. Soon, these three seemingly disparate events begin to overlap, pulling Poke deeper into dark, unfamiliar terrain. Gradually he realizes that he's been gliding across the surface of a culture he really doesn't understand—and that what he doesn't know is about to hurt him and everyone he loves.

Beautifully crafted, relentlessly paced, A Nail Through the Heart is an exciting and enticing read that will leave readers hungry for more from the gifted Timothy Hallinan.

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About 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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“(A) tale of blackmail, extortion and revenge...spinning along at a speedy clip.” (Washington Post)

“Excellent. The rich depictions of Bangkok’s seedy side recall John Burdett’s visceral mysteries.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Vibrant, deftly drawn characters...well-crafted...and ultimately entertaining.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Excellent. This is a twisted story. You can read and read. And never imagine the end.” (Contra Costa Times)

“A haunting novel...It’s fast, bold, disturbing and beautifully written. Hallinan is terrific.” (T. Jefferson Parker)

“Exhilarating.” (Bookcrossing.com)

“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully rendered...Artful, compelling and entertaining. Kudos to Hallinan for an exceptional story.” (Perfecttext.com)

“A page-turner.” (Bookgasm.com)

“Rich with detail and sympathetic characters. From a very talented writer.” (The Brown Bookloft)

“Well constructed, lively...full of misdirection, surprises, humor. A well-paced thriller. (Popmatters.com)

“Timothy Hallinan is a tremendous writing talent. An entertaining read.” (Bestsellersworld.com)

“A page turner. Dark, thrilling and unforgettable, A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is a journey you won’t soon forget.” (Popsyndicate.com)

“Dark and captivating. Sure to keep you guessing--and it’ll leave you wanting to read more from this talented author.” (Nightsandweekends.com)

“Terrific...this series has the potential to captivate readers for a long time to come.” (Mysterious News)

“A well-written, fast paced, beautifully drawn thriller.” (I Love A Mystery newsletter)

“Definitely worth a visit. Will keep you on the edge of your seat and clamoring for Hallinan’s next book.” (Montgomery Advertiser)

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