A Nail Through the Heart (Hardcover)

A Novel of Bangkok

By Timothy Hallinan

William Morrow, 9780061255809, 336pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2007

List Price: 24.95*
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Travel writer Poke Rafferty was good at looking for trouble--so good that he made a little money writing a few offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored. But that was before Bangkok stole his heart. Now the expat American is happily playing family with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and with Miaow, the wary street child he wants to adopt. Yet just when everything is beginning to work out, trouble comes looking for Poke in the guise of good intentions. First he takes in Miaow's friend, a troubled and terrifying street urchin named Superman. Then he agrees to find a distraught Aussie woman's missing uncle--and accept an old woman's generous payment to find a blackmailing theif. Soon, these three seemingly disparate events begin to overlap, pulling Poke deeper into dark, unfamiliar terrain. Gradually he realizes that he's been gliding across the surface of a culture he really doesn't understand--and that what he doesn't know is about to hurt him and everyone he loves.

Beautifully crafted, relentlessly paced, A Nail Through the Heart is an exciting and enticing read that will leave readers hungry for more from the gifted Timothy Hallinan.

Praise For A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok

“Brilliantly conceived and beautifully rendered...Artful, compelling and entertaining. Kudos to Hallinan for an exceptional story.”


“Terrific...this series has the potential to captivate readers for a long time to come.”
-Mysterious News

“Vibrant, deftly drawn characters...well-crafted...and ultimately entertaining.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“(A) tale of blackmail, extortion and revenge...spinning along at a speedy clip.”
-Washington Post

“A haunting novel...It’s fast, bold, disturbing and beautifully written. Hallinan is terrific.”
-T. Jefferson Parker

“Well constructed, lively...full of misdirection, surprises, humor. A well-paced thriller.

“Dark and captivating. Sure to keep you guessing--and it’ll leave you wanting to read more from this talented author.”

“A page-turner.”

“A well-written, fast paced, beautifully drawn thriller.”
-I Love A Mystery newsletter

“A page turner. Dark, thrilling and unforgettable, A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART is a journey you won’t soon forget.”

“Excellent. This is a twisted story. You can read and read. And never imagine the end.”
-Contra Costa Times

“Excellent. The rich depictions of Bangkok’s seedy side recall John Burdett’s visceral mysteries.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Definitely worth a visit. Will keep you on the edge of your seat and clamoring for Hallinan’s next book.”
-Montgomery Advertiser

“Rich with detail and sympathetic characters. From a very talented writer.”
-The Brown Bookloft

“Timothy Hallinan is a tremendous writing talent. An entertaining read.”