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    Timothy Hallinan(Author) Victor Bevine(Narrator)

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An accidental collision on a Bangkok sidewalk goes very wrong when the man who ran into Rafferty dies in his arms , but not before saying three cryptic words: 'Helen Eckersley. Cheyenne'. That night, Rafferty is interrogated by Thai secret agents who demand to know what the dead man said, but Rafferty 'can't remember'. When men in uniform then show up at his flat, he manages to escape and becomes a fugitive. It become clear that he's been caught on the margins of the war on terror and that his opponent is a virtuoso artist - whose medium is fear.

You fall in love with Thailand, and you're besieged by the rich tapestry of characters this very talented writer has created to people his landscape. Open the cover of one of his books, and you're not only investing your time, you're investing your mind and your heart. ----Crime SpaceThe characters are strong and the reader will either love them or hate them. Even though I've just finished The Fear Artist, I can t wait for the next addition to the series. ----Book Browsing --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • By Guest on 17 August 2012

    I have been following the Poke Rafferty series for a long time and every book is fantastic. The best written thrillers with the most interesting characters on the market in my opinion. If you haven't read it yet, start with A Nail Through The Heart and you won't stop until you've finished The Fear Artist. This story moves Miaow and Rose out of the story for the most part, (although their effect on Rafferty's behaviour means they are always part of the story) and focuses on Rafferty along with some old and some new characters. This series is a fair few books in now and every one still feels fresh. The Fear Artist is no exception.

  • By D. E. Mack on 1 September 2012

    American ex-pat Poke Rafferty is on a mission--to paint his apartment--when he collides with a stranger on the sidewalk fronting the home improvement store. Both men go down in an explosion of colors: Apricot Cream for Rafferty's wife Rose, and Urban Decay, a rotted eggplant-like hue for Miao, their adopted teenaged daughter. The stranger dies on top of Rafferty, but not before whispering the words, "Helen Eckersley" and "Cheyenne."This brief contact makes Rafferty the unwitting subject of interest of the man for whom this novel is named. In trying to make sense of his situation and stay alive, Rafferty must figure out who the hell the stranger was and what the hell he was trying to tell him with those three cryptic words.Meanwhile, Rose and Miao are staying with relatives in a village, far from danger and Bangkok, where it's pouring freaking buckets. So, the river's rising. And really bad people are coming after Rafferty, with orders to terminate him with extreme prejudice. So he's lonely and on the run. And it totally sucks ass. But Rafferty kicks ass, too, when he has to.Then, of all things, his sister shows up. Well, his half-sister, really. Whatever. She's awesome, because she can spy with the best of them. And she loves her half-brother, and he loves her. But he's living in taxis, running from hotel to hotel, trying to evade crooked cops, even though his friend Arthit, the only honest cop in Bangkok--have I mentioned him?--is doing his best to help him out.So, Poke is like, "Ooooh, it's so great to see you, half-sister! What the hell are you doing here?"Tim Hallinan's writing perfectly captures the political intrigue, as well as the social order that rules the streets of Bangkok. Rafferty has the additional complication of having old family connections, as well as a new family to protect. Thus, THE FEAR ARTIST not only takes the reader for a wild ride through the squalor of Bangkok, but it does so with great poignancy.In THE FEAR ARTIST, Poke Rafferty takes a trip into the heart of darkness to find Colonel Kurtz very much alive. With a daughter. And that's so not cool. Plus, who'll stop the rain? Get it? :)

  • By Lakis Fourouklas on 17 July 2012

    The Fear Artist by Timothy Hallinan that was is a fast-paced thriller that takes place in Bangkok, Thailand.This is the fifth book in a series starring Poke Rafferty, a man who somehow always finds a way to get himself into trouble. It's not as if he's inviting it, it's just that trouble follows him wherever he goes, even outside a shop that sells paints in a street in Bangkok.The author seems to know the city inside out and so does his hero. Poke has been living there for years with his Thai wife Rose and his adopted daughter Miaow.As I already mentioned Poke has the special ability to attract trouble. What happens this time around though seems to be more than he can handle: a man virtually drops dead at his feet, as he's coming out of a shop. He went there to buy some paints and what he bought was, well, business as usual. The man is a foreigner, most probably an American, and before he dies, from more than one gunshot wounds, he manages to whisper a name and a place in Poke's ear, and drop a piece of paper in his pocket.Poke is understandably stunned. And to make things even worse a TV crew is fast on the scene, so unless the world turns upside down he's bound to become famous, at least for a day. However, that's the least of his troubles, as the police arrives there soon enough and a couple of cops start to question him. He feels irritated but he tries hard to calm himself down, since he knows all too well that anger can get you nowhere.At the moment he's obviously considered a witness to a crime, soon enough though that is bound to change, and he'll only have himself to thank for that; himself and his stubbornness and curiosity. Why, can't he simply let sleeping dogs lie? Why does he have to ask too many questions? Why does he have to visit disreputable places and chit-chat with some suspicious characters, spooks of old, that can provide him with some answers, but who could also put him into more trouble?Well, that's Poke for you. As we follow him around Bangkok, in bars and hotels, in the streets and the malls and the police station, we get to know him better, and the better we get to know him the more we will understand his actions.The truth is that before that man dropped dead before him, he felt happy and serene in an unlikely for his temperament way. His family meant the world to him, he had a good friend who was a cop and with whom he shared all his secrets, he had made peace with his past and started looking forward to the future; a future that all of a sudden seemed to be in jeopardy.Poke is not a people's person, but he's a man of the people; someone who'll do anything to help a friend, to save a poor soul from life on the street, to solve a murder. What we are is what we do, that's what he thinks, and that's how he acts. This time though he seems to have gone way over his head and in order to survive he has to seek some help. Some of it he'll buy, most of it he'll receive as an unexpected gift and a blessing in his life.


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