The Fourth Watcher - Poke Rafferty, Bk 2 Author:Timothy Hallinan Travel writer Poke Rafferty is ready to let go of his Looking for Trouble series of travel books and the dangerous lifestyle that goes with it, and settle down in Bangkok with his fiancée, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let go of Poke. Enter the one person Poke least wants to see in the ... more »entire world?a person whose emotional hold on Poke is absolute. With him come a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and?in pursuit of those things?one of the most dangerous gangsters in China.
Add to that Rose's innocent involvement in a North Korean counterfeiting operation and an off-the-tracks agent of the American Secret Service who's dying to put Poke behind bars, and Poke and his family find themselves in a complicated and potentially deadly situation. Getting them all out alive will take every skill Poke has.
Once again, Hallinan has created a complex, emotionally satisfying thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a cast of characters so real you'll feel you know them. Sharp as a razor and full of heart-pounding surprises, The Fourth Watcher firmly establishes Hallinan as a brilliant new voice in the world of suspense.« less
Hallinan weaves together several subplots to make an exciting read. The Fourth Watcher's characters are real and the setting takes the reader on a journey to an exotic place that few of us will visit in person. Poke Rafferty wants only to write his travel book, marry Rose, and settle down with her and his newly adopted daughter Miaow, but trouble rears its ugly head in more than one place. As he tries with the help of the Bangkok police chief to settle one problem, another problem arises. In the explosive ending all the pieces fall together and the reader can relax, we hope.