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Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller (Poke Rafferty Thrillers) (edition 2009)
Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061672238, Hardcover)For American expat travel-writer Poke Rafferty, a late-night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: the chance to write the biography of a controversial, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a shady past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems at first like a stroke of luck, but within twelve hours of folding his cards, Poke and his family--his wife, Rose, and their adopted daughter, Miaow--have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand’s richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people. The trouble multiplies when Boo, Miaow’s missing friend from the streets, reappears with an impoverished young girl trapped in a baby-selling ring. Trying to save them and his family, Poke finds himself at the collision point of powerful forces --forces that have shaped (and distorted) Thai life for decades. Set in the Thailand of today’s headlines, amidst massive political upheaval, BREATHING WATER is the most compelling Poke Rafferty thriller yet. It takes the reader beyond the illusion of order and stability and into a world in which the stakes are enormous and life is cheap--a world where love and courage may not be enough to hold back the darkness.
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When Poke Rafferty is given the chance to write the biography of Khun Pan, a Thai billionaire, he discovers that there are powerful political figures who do not want Pan portrayed as a hero to the poor, while others want to expose his dark side for theirown advantage.
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