Publisher’s Weekly Review, Ch.1 Online

May 9th, 2008

Here’s today’s big news, from the most influential of the book trades: a STARRED review for THE FOURTH WATCHER from no less than Publisher’s Weekly.

This is just amazingly good news, and here it is:

** The Fourth Watcher: A Novel of Bangkok

Timothy Hallinan. Morrow, $24.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-125725-4

In Hallinan’s stellar sequel to A Nail Through the Heart, travel writer and sometime detective Poke Rafferty is researching the dangerous side of Bangkok for a book when he, his ex-prostitute girlfriend, Rose, and their adopted daughter, Miaow, run afoul of a U.S. Secret Service agent who accuses Rose of passing counterfeit money.

Poke learns that the North Koreans have been flooding the world with billions of dollars of fake currency. Poke is then abducted by the beautiful Ming Li, who takes him to his despised father, Frank, who abandoned Poke and his mother many years before. When Frank’s mortal enemy, Colonel Chu, turns up, it’s clear that things are going to hell very quickly, and Poke and his beloved family are not going to escape unscathed. Smooth prose, appealing characters and a twisting action-filled plot make this thriller a standout. (July)

I LOVE whoever wrote this.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of THE FOURTH WATCHER, it’s but a single click away: Then click on the READ CHAPTER ONE link at the bottom of the page. So I lied. It’s two clicks away.

Hope you like it.

8 Responses to “Publisher’s Weekly Review, Ch.1 Online”

  1. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Blah, blah, blah…JULY? What happened to JUNE? I’ve been counting the days!

    I mean…WOW! What a great review. I’m really happy for you, Tim. I knew the reviews would be great.

    But…JULY? Why do we have to wait?

  2. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Cyndy —

    Thanks a trillion. This came at a time when I suddenly see the whole landscape of the new novel, and I LOVE it, and now this lands. So far, we’ve got two great reviews out of the four that really matter, and I have it on good authority that one of those (can’t say which) is like a wish-fulfillment dream.

    And don’t worry – it’s June. June 24 to be precise.

  3. Greg Says:

    Super review! Nice going, Tim.
    I’ve just read the first chapter and I agree with Cynthia. We want that book now!

  4. Sphinx Ink Says:

    I just posted a comment on your Kirkus review, in which I assured you that any other reviews would be even more positive, given the Kirkus penchant for hardline reviewing. See, I was right! Nyah, nyah, nyah!

    Seriously, kudos to you on receiving that much-coveted PW starred review. Great news, indeed.

  5. Lisa Kenney Says:

    Congratulations on another great review! It’s nice to see that two out of two of the biggies got it right, in this humble reader’s opinion. 🙂

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Thanx, Sphinxy and Liser — This absolutely (and by “this” I mean your reactions as well as the reviews) could not have come at a better time.

    After months of agony, during which I was seriously considering scrapping the new Poke novel, the whole world of it is somehow glimmering at me. This shot of energy is exactly what I need.

    So thanks again.

  7. Stefan Hammond Says:

    Socko review! Concise as a coiled watchspring. I’m not familiar enough with today’s fiction scene to know who else has the savvy to leverage the whole “North Korean supernote” angle, but you’re the man who’s put it into kinetic motion. Within the context of the review it grabs the reader by the neck: READ THIS.

    Yeah, June/July…given Hong Kong’s bookstores we’ll be lucky to see it on shelves before Christmas, at a 40% markup over retail.


  8. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hey Stefan — High praise from the guy who literally wrote the book on Hong Kong cinema (or “movies,” as we used to call them). And I’ll be startled if they land in Hong Kong at all — so far, Asian distribution of this nominally Asian series has been, um, ephemeral.

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