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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
Ukraine: Zbig's Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated
Natylie Baldwin, Kermit D. Larson
The Girl on the Train: A Novel
Paula Hawkins
Our Souls at Night: A novel
Kent Haruf
Above the Waterfall
Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
Cathy Whitlock
The Homicide Report: Understanding Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Erik Larson
The Gods of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Nail Through the Heart - Timothy Hallinan The tsunami has destroyed much in Thailand. Chon (not his real name) seeks a stolen treasure, Saudi jewels, and shows he is quite willing to kill to continue the quest. Poke Rafferty is a Yank who, having written a few books about how tourists can get what they need in some exotic places, has settled in Bangkok. He lives with Rose, a retired bar-girl who is trying to get her house-cleaning business going, and Miaow, a pre-adolescent street urchin who Rose and Rafferty have taken in. Life grows more complicated when Boo, the street kid who had lived on the street with Miaow comes to stay with them.

Rafferty is asked by his friend Arthrit to help out an Aussie lady who is looking for her uncle. Complications and adventure ensue.

Payload here is a taste of Bangkok, the sexpatriots who come there to sate their needs, the locals who believe that the flooded shores are swarming with the ghosts of those who were lost, the street life of orphans that summons up notions of Dickens.

This was a real page-turner, fast-paced, engaging with likeable and not-so-likeable characters, snappy dialogue. In the right hands this can be a wonderful film. A must read for summer!

The Fourth Watcher is the next one in the series, and definitely worth a look.