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The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok (edition 2008)
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallinan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061257257, Hardcover)Travel writer Poke Rafferty, introduced in A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART, is almost ready to give up his Looking for Trouble book series which would allow him to stay put in Bangkok, with his girlfriend Rose and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. And with any luck, Rose will finally agree to marriage. But luck is not in Poke-s immediate future, a fact that becomes all too apparent when his long lost father, Frank, who walked out on Poke and his mother when Poke was a child, resurfaces, bringing trouble with him. And trouble, in this case, takes the form of the merciless and desperate Colonel Chu whose -retirement- plans have gone up in smoke, thanks to Poke-s father. Chu-s priceless rubies that have taken years to amass, not to mention the papers that establish a new identity for him, have been stolen and Chu will do anything to get them back. When Frank hands them over to Poke for safekeeping, he puts Rose and Miaow in frightening danger and getting them out of it will take every skill Poke has at his disposal.
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"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 fiancee, 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 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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