The Fourth Watcher
A Novel of Bangkok
By Timothy Hallinan
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061257254, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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 fiancée, 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.
Once again, Hallinan has created a complex, emotionally satisfying thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a cast of characters so real you'll feel you know them. Sharp as a razor and full of heart-pounding surprises, The Fourth Watcher firmly establishes Hallinan as a brilliant new voice in the world of suspense.
“The suspense plot is thrilling, the atmosphere is rich and completely convincing, and this is a compelling and finally very satisfying story, and a terrific 2nd volume in what is turning out to be a very good series of novels. It’s a pleasure to settle comfortably into such a book.”
-Sullivan County Democrat
“A stunning follow-up to A Nail Through the Heart. It’s filled with mystery and suspense—as well as a healthy dose of heart—and it’s artfully painted in varying shades of gray. Beautifully written yet satisfyingly seedy, it’s a must-read for mystery enthusiasts and literary types alike.”
“Action and suspense with well-drawn characters and the gritty and exotic Bangkok setting. But on another level you have the continued exploration of the emotions involved in complex family relations. (A) first rate thriller with a depth you don’t always find in the genre.”
“Hallinan’s writing is quick and dirty, with bite-sized chapters that always seem to end with me wanting mor, and making me dive into the next chapter, (and then the next). A fast, exciting read.”
“Stellar...Smooth prose, appealing characters and a twisting action-filled plot make this thriller a standout.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This new breed of character for a series is a welcome addition to the thriller fiction set in Asia.”
-Japan Times, 2008 Best of Asia Books
“Call me a sucker for thrillers set in exotic foreign locales. Guilty as charged; please let me serve out my sentence in the Thailand depicted by Timothy Hallinan in his wickedly atmospheric new work, The Fourth Watcher.”
“Don’t miss THE FOURTH WATCHER, an outstanding thriller well-steeped in the exotic brew of South East Asian culture and politics.”
“Hallinan offers a taut story line enhanced by an insider’s look at Thai culture. This book features an unlikely but likeable hero and provides readers with an informed glimpse into a world they are not likely to experience otherwise.”
“THE FOURTH WATCHER is true suspense in the Hitchcock mold. Hallinan has created an exceptional thriller.”