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.