A Nail Through the Heart: With Bonus Content

A Nail Through the Heart: With Bonus Content

Timothy Hallinan / Apr 07, 2020

A Nail Through the Heart With Bonus Content Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose the former go go dancer he

  • Title: A Nail Through the Heart: With Bonus Content
  • Author: Timothy Hallinan
  • ISBN: 978006209414
  • Page: 281
  • Format: ebook
  • Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to workPoke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart Now the American expat is assembling a new family with Rose, the former go go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out Poke agrees to take in Superman, Miaow s troubled and terrifying friend from the gutter Then he agrees to help locate a distraught Aussie woman s missing uncle and accepts a generous payment to find a blackmailing thief No longer gliding carelessly across the surface of a culture he doesn t really understand, suddenly Poke is plodding through dark and unfamiliar terrain and everything and everyone he loves is in terrible danger.

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    About "Timothy Hallinan"

      • Timothy Hallinan

        I m a thriller and mystery novelist who divides his time between Los Angeles and Southeast Asia, primarily Thailand, where I ve has lived off and on for than twenty years As of now, I ve had seventeen books published by major imprints.My newest, THE HOT COUNTRIES October 2014 , is the seventh in a series of Bangkok thrillers about an American travel writer named Poke Rafferty and his small interracial family It is currently getting some phenomenal reviews, I m happy to say In April 2016 Soho Crime will publish KING MAYBE, the fifth in a series of mysteries featuring a Los Angeles burglar named Junior Bender The first, CRASHED, came out in November of 2012 and the second, LITTLE ELVISES, was released by Soho Crime in Jannuary of this year The series has been bought for television by the brilliant comic Eddie Izzard.My books have been nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, the Macavity, and many other awards HERBIE S GAME won the 2015 Lefty Award as Best Comic Mystery of 2014 They ve been translated into six languages and have made Top Ten and Notable Books list in both North America and Asia.


    1. The tsunami has destroyed much in Thailand. Chon (not his real name) seeks a stolen treasure, Saudi jewels, and shows he is quite willing to kill to continue the quest. Poke Rafferty is a Yank who, having written a few books about how tourists can get what they need in some exotic places, has settled in Bangkok. He lives with Rose, a retired bar-girl who is trying to get her house-cleaning business going, and Miaow, a pre-adolescent street urchin who Rose and Rafferty have taken in. Life grows m [...]

    2. I don't usually write reviews here - just list my books and get suggestions. But this book really touched me - right time, place, whatever . . . The main character in Timothy Hallinan's A Nail Through the Heart tells this story to an abused streed kid: I hate to give advice, so I'll tell you a story instead. It's a Tibetan Buddhist story. A young monk goes to the wisest man he knows, the abbot of his temple, and asks the same question you've just asked: Why is the world so hard and sharp? Why do [...]

    3. I have to admit--I was worried about reading this book. Worried Thai names and places would be confusing. Worried that the subject matter would be too hard to read. I couldn't have been more wrong, and can't recommend this book more highly.Mr. Hallinan has crafted a tightly woven story that rings so true. Poke is written so well, I don't think it would be possible to feel his love and worry for Rose or Miaow more. His situation is a tightrope walk, and he does it with grace. Being a westerner in [...]

    4. Phuket, located on coastal Thailand, is a popular tourist mecca. It was the height of the season when the 2004 tsunami struck, devastating the coasts of some dozen countries and killing thousands in Thailand alone. Almost a year later, the New York Times reported: “Tsunami Victims' ID Could Take Three Years,” (Aug. 23, 2005). The event is recapped in the introductory chapter of this book.A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is set in Bangkok a few months after the tsunami. When the protagonist begins hi [...]

    5. Having lived in Southeast Asia for over 12 years, I have to admit to having some trepidation about reading a book about a white guy named 'Poke'.I shouldn't have worried. Hallinan offers up a marvelous blend of noir thriller, ethnographic study and a complex romance. I can honestly say I was engaged every minute of the 10 hours.His portrait of Bangkok's seamy underbelly is spot on. And yet he takes the reader through it with enough of a detached eye to focus us on the central mystery. His main c [...]

    6. I need to start by saying that it is a rare occurrence that I give any book 5 stars. I am pretty critical when it comes to characters, details and errors in proofreading. This book truly deserves the rating.While some readers should be warned of the explicit and sensitive content, the author did a very good job with the storyline but I'm not easily offended. In my opinion, the shock value was needed to put the reader in a mindset the author wants you to be in, in order to love/hate the potential [...]

    7. First of four in the Poke Rafferty series. This is my third re-read. I thought about moving it down to four stars from five, because five is usually reserved for books that have changed how I look at the world, and I could no longer remember how this moved or enlightened me. Then I realized that every time I read this book, I'm compelled to a) go to Bangkok, b) take in a stray kid or foster kid, and c) save the world. Even worse, I want to do these things heroically, all at once, all at the same [...]

    8. Just finished A Nail Through the Heart and absolutely loved it. It has everything that I find important (and sooo hard to find) in a mystery/thriller: It's a page-turner, the writing is great, the characters are believable and written with great depth, the plot makes sense and is for the most part unpredictable. I've already bought the next three books in the series for my iTouch, and bought two dead-tree copies of the first one for friends. I can't wait to start the next one! However Anyone thi [...]

    9. Poke Rafferty's first adventure has so much crammed into it that when I saw the page count on (I listened to the audio book) I couldn't believe it was only 300-odd pages. The blurb at the top is a pretty good description so I won't waste time by repeating it here, or add to it in case I spoil anyone's fun. It took me a while to get into the story and I found it dragged at times but was interesting enough to keep me listening. Then it picked up and became tense and exciting and I was revising my [...]

    10. Good book. Very well written and involving. Characters well drawnEVER - if you are disturbed by descriptions of child slavery and sexual abuse, maybe best to give it a pass. I had some pretty horrible nightmares last night and I don't expect tonight will be much different.

    11. Well written, and I'll continue with the series. I read another book "Bangkok 8" that I didn't like, because it was all abuse and misery with no hope. This one has the same abuse, but it's layered with humanity and peppered with optimism.

    12. I came across Herbie's Game, the fourth in Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series and reviewed it in August. I was attracted to the character, an unusual take on the detective novel in which the protagonist is a “professional” thief who solves problems for others who function outside the law. This was such an interesting take on crime and criminals I decided to keep an eye out for more Hallinan books. Sure enough For the Dead, the most recent in his, so far, more widely known Poke Rafferty [...]

    13. “A mystery thriller (Looking for Trouble in Thailand)”Timothy Hallinan is a mystery series writer with three protagonists featured in his novels: Junior Bender, a career burglar, Philip (Poke) Rafferty, a travel writer, and Simeon Grist a detective. While the novels all entail some mystery and detective work the settings are distinctly different and the story lines intriguing and original.“A Nail Thorough the Heart”, a Poke Rafferty novel, is the second of Hallinan’s works that I have [...]

    14. Having previously read BREATHING WATER and QUEEN OF PATPONG, I felt compelled to read A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART, not only because Timothy Hallinan did such a great job writing those books, but because I wanted to see how the series started. Boy, do I wish I'd read them in order. (I happened to pick BREATHING WATER first, only because it was being "talked about" so much online at the time.)Now, I finally know that Poke Rafferty (the intrepid protagonist) is not only a writer, but a writer who made [...]

    15. In the wake of the tragic 2004 tsunami, travel writer Poke is trying to build a new life in Thailand with Rose, a former bar girl, and Miaow, a street child he wants to adopt. As a favor to a Thai policeman friend, Poke agrees to investigate the disappearance of the uncle of an Australian woman. It isn’t long before he discovers the man is a cruel pedophile and not the saint the niece believes him to be. Complications mount as he takes into his home a boy known as Superman from Miaow’s past, [...]

    16. Many reviews have been written about A Nail Through the Heart. I found it to be a book that held my attention and was hard to put down. Poke Rafferty is an American travel writer who is living in Bangkok Thailand. He has fallen in love with a Rose who was a bar dancer in the Bangkok sex center. She now is working on setting up a house cleaning business. He also has taken under his wing a street child named Miaow who he wants to adopt. Miaow brought into their household a fierce street child boy [...]

    17. A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is a slam-bang detective thriller set in Bangkok, Thailand. If you like edgy, offbeat mysteries, this one is for you. Hallinan--himself a former Thailand resident--writes with confidence and authority about the country's sprawling sex industry and expatriate subculture. Hallinan resists most detective-thriller conventions and provides readers with conflicted, entirely-believable characters, complicated moral quandaries, ingenious narrative twists, and edge-of-your-seat a [...]

    18. The strength of A Nail Through the Heart is the sense of place and contextualisation; Poke Rafferty is a travel writer in Bangkok and, likewise, Hallinan gives a good Western perspective and explanation of the city and culture. The story, however, suffers from a couple of shortcomings: I did not sufficiently believe in the main character, nor in the plot. Poke Rafferty came across as somewhat schizophrenic – hyper-sensitive and caring to the point of being sappy with his adopted family and cer [...]

    19. This was a complete page-turner! Filled with unpredictable suspense! To the sensitive and easily shocked readerware has it alle good, the bad and the very very ugly. As with most books of this kind, I feel the shock value was necessary to the story. Of course it isn't always pleasant to read about these things and even believe they really happen, but it does make for interesting and intense reading and a reminder of how lucky we are be reading this and not living through it. As with The Girl wit [...]

    20. Timothy Hallinan's 2007 novel A Nail Through The Heart is the first volume of his Poke Rafferty series. It's a great start to what I hope will an exciting collection of tales set in the Land of Smiles. I like Hallinan's Krungthep. Compared to other novels written by foreign writers (like John Burdett, Joe Nesbo, and Paolo Bacigalupi) that are set in the Thai capitol, Hallinan seems to understand BKKs social and cultural environment more like the way Thais do. His writing doesn't seem so judgemen [...]

    21. "Here [in Thailand] it is possible to behave in ways that one would hide at home." "It makes you wonder, does it not, what kind of behavior one would hide in Bangkok."My word. The depravity of man. Want to know where the unbridled pursuit of selfish desire will lead? Read this. I knew in general the conditions of the sex trade, but the level of evil exhibited here boggles the mind. This is a fictional book that portrays the evil of the past (killing fields of the Khmer Rouge) and the evils of th [...]

    22. Poke Raffrey the hero of this interesting and disturbing tale set in THailand is living with a young asian girl he wants to adopt and sleeping with a retired prostitute who wants to start a maid service. On the lookout for money for to adopt the girl, he finds a job investigating two separate incidents, a stolen set of photos for a reclusive and very nasty old woman and to locate a disappeared uncle for a young woman from Australia. Both cases have unsavory characters and Poke has to delve deepl [...]

    23. Beautifully written, this book has one subplot that deals unflinchingly with the seediest of the seedy Bangkok underbelly and the sad fate of some Thai children. For that reason, it is not going to be for everyone. But the characters are terrific and this book is well worth the read if you can handle the darker stuff. Just don't mistake it for a cozy, or anything.

    24. 4.9 really. Too bad I didn't read this in 2007. Would have nominated it for all the awards. Really, really enjoyed it. Calling it a thriller is an understatement.

    25. Heart-rending mystery set in Bangkok. Likable detective, lots of plot lines, but lots of pain & suffering. So well written I laughed out loud a dozen times.

    26. This was a very good yet disturbing story. The main character, Poke, is an American writer living in Bangkok Thailand. A woman wants to hire him to find her beloved Australian Uncle that has lived in Bangkok for the past 20 years and she hasn't heard from in the last several months. Intertwined with this is a reclusive woman in a wheelchair that wants to hire him to recover an item that has been stolen from her. In the meantime Poke is trying to adopt a child that was abandoned to the streets an [...]

    27. This book is a tough read but worth it. the main character, Poke, is an American expat who lives in Bangkok . Portrayed as a travel writer, he actually acts as a detective who looks for a missing man and helps solves a murder. In the course of events the reader learns much about the Khmer Rouge, the killing fields, the sex tourism and the violence associated with each. The saving grace is the heart rendering story behind this violence as Poke tried to adopt an orphan and bring stability to other [...]

    28. Excellent. Well written, well constructed, just as interesting for its characters and their inner lives as for its twisted (and rather disturbing) story, and wrapped up brilliantly. Highly recommended.

    29. A terrific adventure into the dark heart of Bangkok.The mise en scene is terrific.The people are terrific.Shades of Christopher Moore and John Burdett.Street life and expat life as real as it gets!What a revelation. 7 more in the series to go!!!

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