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Breathing Water

(2009)
(The third book in the Poke Rafferty series)
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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.

Genre: Mystery
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Praise for this book

"A twenty-first-century Maltese Falcon laced with Bangkok 8." - Andrew Gross

"Cleverly crafted, masterfully written, characters and dialogue rooted in reality... Another wonderful read from an author who knows his business." - Steve Martini


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Used availability for Timothy Hallinan's Breathing Water

Hardback Editions

August 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller (Poke Rafferty Thrillers)
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
ISBN: 0-06-167223-8 / 978-0-06-167223-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Breathing Water (Poke Rafferty)
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
ISBN: 0-06-167225-4 / 978-0-06-167225-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

February 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: Breathing Water
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
ISBN: 1-5226-5069-5 / 978-1-5226-5069-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

August 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Breathing Water: A Poke Rafferty Thriller
Author(s): Timothy Hallinan
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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