The Queen of Patpong
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The Queen of Patpong

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"Hallinan is a wordsmith of the first order, and he puts his great narrative skills into overdrive on this one....You won't read a better thriller this year!"
--John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Treasure Hunt



Author Timothy Hallinan returns to Bangkok, Thailand--and plunges his protagonist, travel writer Poke Rafferty, into graver peril than ever before--in The Queen of Patpong, Hallinan's fourth Rafferty thriller following A Nail Through the Heart, The Fourth Watcher, and Breathing Water. Fans of John Burdett, Alexander McCall Smith, Daniel Silva, and Alan Furst who love being transported to exotic locales will be riveted when a nightmare figure from the past arrives at Poke Rafferty's door to bring chaos and danger to the lives of the people he loves.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 34mm | 480.81g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061672262
  • 9780061672262
  • 2,079,082

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"[The Queen of Patpong] is a breakthrough.... Riveting, genuinely, moving, and entirely plausible.... A terrific page-turner, and the surprising denouement will thrill readers who want the good guys--or girls-- to win in the end."--Booklist (starred review)
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Back cover copy

For American travel writer Poke Rafferty, life finally seems to hold some semblance of stability. He and his longtime love, Rose, have gone through with their much-deferred marriage ceremony, their adopted daughter, Miaow, a former street child, has become a loving--if sometimes difficult--part of the family, and the three of them live in relative comfort thanks to Rose's housekeeping business and Rafferty's writing.

Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they've worked so hard to obtain. His appearance threatens everything they cherish: their love, their home . . . their very lives. As a foreigner who's seen some of the worst Bangkok has to offer and survived confrontations with Thailand's most powerful and dangerous elements, Rafferty feels equal to most of the challenges Bangkok can throw at him. But now his only hope is to discover the whole truth of Rose's past--a journey down the dark and twisting road that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia's most lurid red-light street: Patpong Road. And just when Rafferty thought life was looking good, reality comes crashing in as he learns that the secrets from Rose's former life are almost impossible to accept--and even harder to survive.

The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heart-breaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption in modern-day Thailand--and the most ambitious, affecting novel yet from thriller master Timothy Hallinan.
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Rating details

653 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 38% (248)
4 43% (281)
3 16% (106)
2 2% (13)
1 1% (5)
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