Nov 4, 2009

Book Review: Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller

Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller by Timothy Hallinan

"Behind every great fortune is a great crime..." is the premise for Timothy Hallinan's latest thriller, Breathing Water.

The book is set in the Bangkok of today and has all the complications of its real life - a shaky political situation, great poverty and great wealth, street children and those who prey on them, corruption, and the pull of love and death. This all makes for a great setting for a thriller, plus an engaging plot that pulls all the complexities of the city together.

From the publisher's description:

For American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty, a late night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: an "opportunity to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. The win seems like a stroke of luck, but as with so many things in vibrant, seductive, contradictory Bangkok - a city of innocence and evil, power and poverty - the allure of appearances masks something much darker.

Within a few hours of folding his cards, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, beloved adopted daughter, Miaow, and best friend, Arthit, an honest Bangkok cop, have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people.

A great book for mystery/thriller readers.

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  1. The idea of a thriller set in Bangkok is very intriguing - this is definitely a book I wouldn't have normally picked up, but I just added it to my amazon wishlist. I'm following your blog now, too.


  2. Greg: Welcome. I look forward to your comments on the book.

  3. This sounds like an interesting book and would is a great find for my Read Around the World Challenge. Thanks!

    You have an award and an apology here:

  4. Sharon: Thanks for visiting! No need to apologize that you are just now seeing an award I gave you some time ago! And thanks for passing back the award to me! Cool! Hope you come back more often.

  5. I'm interested in this one too. It sounds good and I don't think I have read anything like this one before. It's on my wishlist/Friday Find at GoodReads. Just asked if you would add me as a friend over there. :)


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