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The Queen Of Patpong (2010)

by Timothy Hallinan(Favorite Author)
4.15 of 5 Votes: 3
0061672262 (ISBN13: 9780061672262)
William Morrow
Poke Rafferty Mystery
review 1: This is an exceptional novel, certainly deserving its Edgar nomination. Timothy Hallinan writes with a graceful ease that makes Queen of Patpong highly readable. Within a short time, Thailand literally popped off the pages. Hallinan articulated both rural and urban Thailand, vastly different worlds unto themselves, with such authority and vivid detail, I literally felt transported into a wholly new and exotic culture.[return] [return]The central story revolves around a young Thai girl's birthwright into poor village hopelessness, which by unfortunate fate, ultimately compelled her into big city prostitution. Hallinan's prespective is straighforward, the seediness of Rose's situation is always present, but not overstated. Hallinan masterfully spins the tension of that... more situation into a life and death showdown with a truly evil person from Rose's past.
review 2: More bar girls and reformed bar girls in this tale of revenge. Reads like John Burdett's Sonchai series but without the dope and weirdness. This is more forthright and has a lot of positive energy despite some very evil goings on. Poke Raferty's life is going great with his wife Rose and their daughter until a john from Rose's bargirl past comes into their lives. Hallinan's focus on Poke's daughter and her school play is a change of pace that make this Thai thriller resonate with the reader. Hey "they're just like us" studying Shakespeare and going to school plays. It's a nice counterweight to all the illicit activity that is associated with Bangkok and its sexcations. One third of the book, the middle third, is set in the past and that part really rolls. The ending is what you sort of expect but it's righteous and deserved. less
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Interesting to read about Rose's background and one of the most satisfying endings ever.
Dont know what I will do when I finish this series...am loving it.
Will definitely read more by this author.
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