Breathing Water

Breathing Water

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Behind every great fortune is a great crime . . . For American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty, a late-night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: an "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems like a stroke of luck, but as with so many things in vibrant, seductive, contradictory Bangkok--a city of innocence and evil, power and poverty--the allure of appearances masks something much darker. Within a few hours of folding his cards, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, beloved -adopted daughter, Miaow, and best friend, Arthit, an honest Bangkok cop, have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people. A hero to the poor and dispossessed, Pan is like a bone in the throats of the beautiful, sophisticated "good" people who own and control every facet of Thailand and want more. There are many who would prefer that a book, especially a sympathetic book, stay unwritten. And there are others who want to expose Pan's darker secrets, information useful in a preemptive strike against this profligate billionaire who can threaten their hold on power--a situation they will go to murderous lengths to prevent. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, Rafferty is breathing water and sinking deeper in a sea of intrigue with each passing hour. The trouble multiplies when a missing young street friend of Miaow's reappears, needing Rafferty's help to protect an innocent village girl trapped in a baby-selling ring. Pushed ever closer to the abyss, Rafferty has one chance to get them all out alive. But to succeed, this foreigner must do the impossible--keep a cool Thai heart. Set in the Thailand of today's headlines--a nation of unrest, political uncertainty, corruption, and tradition, where the future looks dangerously precarious--"Breathing Water" is the story of a deadly game in which the stakes are enormous and life is literally cheap. The most compelling Poke Rafferty thriller yet, it is a journey that goes beyond the illusion of order and stability into a world where a wrong turn can lead to chaos, and where love and courage may not be enough to hold back the darkness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 28mm | 498.95g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061672238
  • 9780061672231
  • 2,077,898

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"Hallinan is a born storyteller, layering plot upon plot and twist upon turn, and, as a bonus, he's a superb stylist whose assured prose continually delights and surprises the reader....A thriller with a heart that's easily one of the best books of the year."--Sunday Denver Post
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514 ratings
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5 30% (155)
4 50% (258)
3 18% (93)
2 1% (6)
1 0% (2)
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