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Hallinan Timothy

Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller

Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller Genre: thriller
Behind every great fortune is a great crime &

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 hero to the poor and dispossessed, Pan is like a bone in the throats of the beautiful, sophisticated 'good' people who own and control every facet of Thailand and want more. There are many who would prefer that a book, especially a sympathetic book, stay unwritten. And there are others who want to expose Pan`s darker secrets, information useful in a preemptive strike against this profligate billionaire who can threaten their hold on power a situation they will go to murderous lengths to prevent.

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn`t, Rafferty is breathing water and sinking deeper in a sea of intrigue with each passing hour. The trouble multiplies when a missing young street friend of Miaow`s reappears, needing Rafferty`s help to protect an innocent village girl trapped in a baby-selling ring. Pushed ever closer to the abyss, Rafferty has one chance to get them all out alive. But to succeed, this foreigner must do the impossible keep a cool Thai heart.

Set in the Thailand of today`s headlines a nation of unrest, political uncertainty, corruption, and tradition, where the future looks dangerously precarious Breathing Water is the story of a deadly game in which the stakes are enormous and life is literally cheap. The most compelling Poke Rafferty thriller yet, it is a journey that goes beyond the illusion of order and stability into a world where a wrong turn can lead to chaos, and where love and courage may not be enough to hold back the darkness.
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  1. Timothy Hallinan Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller
  3. 1
  4. Pinch It
  5. 2
  6. Mud Between Her Toes
  7. 3
  8. The Big Guy
  9. 4
  10. They Could Be Anywhere
  11. 5
  12. All In
  13. 6
  14. Mound of Venus
  15. 7
  16. The Silk Room
  17. 8
  18. Six Separate Hells
  19. 9
  20. A Towel and a Frown
  21. 10
  22. Or What?
  23. 11
  24. Peep
  25. 12
  26. The Chuckle Is a Perfectly Acceptable Form of Laughter
  27. 13
  28. They Dimple the Surface
  29. 14
  30. The First Paradise
  31. 15
  32. No Witnesses
  33. 16
  34. Fair
  35. 17
  36. Charm Doesn ’t Make the Cut
  37. 18
  38. The Furniture Takes a Vote
  39. 19
  40. Canaries
  41. 20
  42. Wrecking Ball
  43. 21
  44. Net Profits
  45. 22
  46. Buttercup
  47. 23
  48. Close Enough
  50. 24
  51. Luck Will Have Nothing to Do with It
  52. 25
  53. Like He Ate a Grenade
  54. 26
  55. There ’s Another One Gone
  56. 27
  57. This Place Was His Forest
  58. 28
  59. The Queen of Patpong
  60. 29
  61. So He Likes Sad Music
  62. 30
  63. You Couldn ’t Comb It with a Tractor
  65. 31
  66. A Man Who Has Just Been Hit by a Train
  67. 32
  68. Innocent as a Dusting of Snow
  69. 33
  70. If He ’s a Friend, He’ll Wait
  71. 34
  72. You ’ll Probably Be Sterile
  73. 35
  74. Off the Board
  75. 36
  76. Head-On
  77. 37
  78. I Might as Well Be Fluorescent
  79. 38
  80. Nobody Sees Street Kids
  81. 39
  82. Replay
  83. 40
  84. It Corrupts the Corruptible
  85. 41
  86. Off to Brunch
  87. 42
  88. Open Season
  89. 43
  90. She Has a Different Life Now
  91. 44
  92. The Old Skyrocket
  93. 45
  94. You ’re Not Hopeless After All
  95. 46
  96. It ’s Hard to Put a Positive Spin on Mass Murder
  97. 47
  98. Kinder That Way
  99. 48
  100. Waiting Patiently for Blood
  101. 49
  102. At the Bottom of the Ocean
  103. 50
  104. A Formless Nimbus of Light
  105. 51
  106. News from the Sun
  107. Author ’s Note
  108. Acknowledgments
  109. About the Author

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