A Poke Rafferty Thriller: Queen of Patpong

Life in Bangkok is good for writer Poke Rafferty and his unlikely family. Poke’s new book is selling well, and he’s happily in love with wife Rose, once a Patpong bar girl. Daughter Miaow, just a few years removed from living on the streets, is enrolled in a good private school and becoming a feisty preadolescent. But their contentment is upended by Howard Horner, a dangerous man from Rose’s past. Hallinan’s previous Poke thrillers have been reliably entertaining, featuring a fascinating and exotic locale and exceptionally malevolent bad guys (Breathing Water, 2009), but this one is a breakthrough. The backstory concerning Rose’s impoverished life in a squalid Isaan village, her father’s plan to sell her into prostitution, and her escape to Bangkok and life in the sex trade is riveting, genuinely moving, and entirely plausible. Miaow’s entry into a stormy adolescence and her parents’ efforts to deal with it are knowingly written. Even Bangkok seems more richly detailed than in past adventures, and Poke’s effort to condense The Tempest for Miaow’s school’s production (Miaow plays Ariel) is thoroughly charming. The Queen of Patpong is a terrific page-turner, and the surprising denouement will thrill readers who want the good guys—or girls—to win in the end. –Thomas Gaughan

Product Details
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 17, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061672262
ISBN-13: 978-0061672262
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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