Poke Rafferty

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,290 ratings

A Nail Through The Heart Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2007 Timothy Hallinan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • A Nail Through The Heart

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 463
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 393
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 391

    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 work out.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great character, great narrator

    • By Joanne on 07-04-11

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 2

    • The Fourth Watcher

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 154
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Immersive

    • By David on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 3

    • Breathing Water

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    A late-night poker game in Bangkok nets American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty the "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. Within hours, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, their adopted daughter, Miaow, and Poke's best friend, honest Bangkok cop Arthit, have become disposable pawns in a brutal power struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most ruthless citizens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thai mystery will take your breath away

    • By Bob on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 4

    • The Queen of Patpong

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 219

    American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen - and survived - some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best thriller writer you have never heard of.

    • By David on 04-21-12

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • The Fear Artist

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    An accidental collision on a Bangkok sidewalk goes very wrong when the man who ran into Rafferty dies in his arms, but not before saying three words: "Helen Eckersley. Cheyenne." Seconds later, the police arrive, denying that the man was shot. That night, Rafferty is interrogated by Thai secret agents who demand to know what the dead man said, but Rafferty can't remember. When he's finally released, Rafferty arrives home to find that his apartment has been ransacked. He realizes he's under surveillance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hallinan is a writer at the very peak of his power

    • By Richard Delman on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $22.46

  • Book 6

    • For the Dead

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    In Bangkok, Thailand, an American travel journalist and his Thai family find themselves inadvertently entangled in a web of dirty cops and far-reaching corruption when their daughter’s ill-gotten cell phone displays photographs of some very crooked cops, all of them thoroughly dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is Tim Hallinan's world. We just live in it.

    • By Richard Delman on 12-22-14

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • The Hot Countries

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he's actually using them to get to Poke.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The lukewarm countries

    • By Richard Delman on 11-08-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 8

    • Fools' River

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The two most difficult days in Bangkok writer Poke Rafferty's life begin with an emergency visit from Edward Dell, the almost-boyfriend of Poke's teenage daughter, Miaow. The boy's father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats"; when his accounts are empty, he'll be found floating facedown in a Bangkok canal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite author does it again!

    • By Richard Delman on 12-24-17

    Regular price: $24.95