For the Dead
By Timothy Hallinan
(Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781616951146, 352pp.)
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
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After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled: his family is about to grow larger, and his adopted Thai daughter, Miaow, seems to have found her place at junior high school at last. All that is endangered when Miaow helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that contains photographs of two murdered police officers. As Miaow’s carefully constructed personal life falls apart, Rafferty discovers that the murders are part of a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement and beyond. Miaow’s discovery threatens the entire family, and in order to survive, they may ultimately have to depend on someone who has betrayed them in the past.
Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar-, Shamus-, and Macavity-nominated author of sixteen widely praised books, including The Fear Artist, Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, and Herbie’s Game. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.
Praise for Timothy Hallinan's For the Dead
December 2014 Indie Next List
"A fine thriller set in an exotic locale, but Hallinan’s insightful development of Miaow’s character and the family dynamics makes this one more than just a thriller."
—Booklist, STARRED Review
"Will satisfy readers' most self-righteous desires for revenge even as it promises a rare moment of equipoise for this rewarding franchise."
“Timothy Hallinan writes the kind of thriller other writers only dream about. For the Dead is not only a fast-paced, compelling tale, but also, on every level, a fine literary read. His characters are fully drawn, his Bangkok beautifully evoked, his understanding of the complexities of the human condition so obvious and so full of compassion. This isn’t a book just for those in search of a great thriller. It’s for anyone in search of a great story—period.”
—William Kent Krueger, Edgar-winning author of Ordinary Grace
"Graham Greene and John le Carré are the writers who remind me of Timothy Hallinan’s carefully crafted characters and his ephemeral environs that undulate like a wisp of Far-East smoke. The Poke Rafferty thrillers are one of the best series in the biz right now and For the Dead is the best of the bunch."
—Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis of A&E’s hit drama Longmire
"Tim Hallinan is our Charles Dickens in modern-day Thailand. In the latest Poke Rafferty thriller, his adopted adolescent daughter, Miaow, takes center stage, using both her wiles and hurt from her former street life to help a classmate pursued by frightening men with unknown agendas. The promise of family is what is at stake in this novel which is both thrilling and heartbreaking. If you haven't read a Poke Rafferty novel yet, For the Dead will certainly bewitch you to take on the whole series."
—Naomi Hirahara, Edgar award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane
"For the Dead, by Timothy Hallinan, offers equal measures of joy and sorrow. The joy of beautiful writing, characters that grip your soul, and a beguiling story told against the sorrow of a magnificent people making their way in a world besieged by corruption and chaos. Beautiful, scary, and heartbreaking all at once. Read it and weep."
—Wendy Hornsby, Edgar-award winning author of The Color of Light
“A heart-gripping thriller that sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the very end. Hallinan’s Poke Rafferty series is a must read.”
—Brett Battles, bestselling author of the Jonathan Quinn series
Praise for the Poke Rafferty series
"Hallinan not only writes a relentless-as-the-rain paced thriller, sprinkled with an off-beat, cynical humor, but the poignant emotional sides of the characters and the intelligent and beautiful plot and storytelling soak the reader's heart to the skin."
—Seattle Post Intelligencer
"A heart-rending, unforgettable thriller."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"All of Hallinan's characters are multifaceted and compelling . . . The Fear Artist is simply the best of a fine series of thrillers set in one of the world's most exotic locales."
—Booklist, Starred Review
—Library Journal, Starred Review