Late October offers a triple threat evening event of international intrigue.
Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar and Macavity-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty thriller series and the Junior Bender mystery series – now in development by Eddie Izzard for television. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes full time. He divides his time between California and Thailand. The new Poke novel, The Hot Countries, is the final book in an informal trilogy in which the action emerges from the wake of evil left behind by the villain of The Fear Artist.
Martin Limón retired from military service after twenty years in the US Army, including ten years in Korea. He is the author of the acclaimed CID agents George Sueño and Ernie Bascom series, including multiple novels and a short story collection. Publishers Weekly’s starred review of The Ville Rat noted, “This police procedural, with its unusual locale, admirable protagonists, and well-developed plot, stands as a superior entry in a consistently impressive series.”
Jeffrey Siger was born and raised in Pennsylvania, practiced law at a major Wall Street law firm, and later established his own New York City law firm where he continued as one of its name partners until giving it all up to write full-time among the people, life, and politics of his beloved Mykonos, Greece. Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods—or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked…everything. In Devil of Deplhi, a shooting by a Delphi resident involves Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis in a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece’s government.
South Korea, 1974. A young Korean woman dressed in a traditional chima-jeogori is found strangled to death on the frozen banks of the Sonyu River with only a carefully calligraphed poem in her sleeve. US Army Sergeants George Sueno and Ernie Bascom, agents in the US 8th Army CID, are called in by the formidable KNP detective Gil Kwon-up to investigate. George and Ernie's job is to liaise with Korean law enforcement on matters that may involve or implicate 8th Army American servicemen.
: Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. Now these men many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he s actually using them to get to Poke.
Varney wants two things: money Poke doesn t have and a person Poke is unwilling to hand over. It becomes apparent quite quickly that there s nothing Varney won t do to secure his goals. As his actions threaten the foundation of Poke s life in Thailand, the aging men of the Expat Bar discover that they might still be a force to reckon with.
Delphi once stood at the center of the world, a mountainous, verdant home to the gods, where kings and warriors journeyed to hear its Oracle speak. The Oracle embodied the decree of the gods or at least the word of Apollo. To disobey risked everything.
Young Athenian Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life among its rolling hills and endless olive groves. But his dark past is too celebrated, and his assassin s skills so in demand, that his fate does not rest entirely in his own hands. Greece is being flooded with bomba, counterfeits of the most celebrated alcoholic beverages and wine brands. The legitimate annual trillion-dollar world market is in peril. So, too, are consumers someone is not just counterfeiting booze, but adulterating it, often with poisonous substances. Who is masterminding this immensely lucrative conspiracy?
Kharon learns who when the ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. Her decrees are as absolute as the Oracle s, and as fearsomely punished. Kharon agrees, but dictates his own payoff. And his own methods, which allow his targets some choice in the outcomes.
When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece s richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece s government.
When a U.S. Army Claims officer stationed in South Korea is murdered in grisly fashion the roustabout duo of George Sueno and Ernie Bascom go against orders to track a calculating killer.
Early one rainy morning, the head of the 8th United States Army Claims Office in Seoul, South Korea, is brutally murdered by a Korean man in a trench coat with a small iron sickle hidden in his sleeve. The attack is a complete surprise, carefully planned and clinically executed. How did this unidentified Korean civilian get onto the tightly controlled US Army base? And why attack the claims officer is there an unsettled grudge, a claim of damages that was rejected by the US Army?
Against orders, CID agents George Sueno and Ernie Bascom start to investigate. Somehow, no one they speak to has been interviewed yet. The 8th Army isn't great at solving cases, but they aren't usually "this" bad, either. George and Ernie begin to suspect that someone doesn t want the case solved.
Poke Rafferty is happier than he's ever been. He's financially solvent, his family is about to grow larger, and his adopted Thai daughter, Miaow, seems to have settled in at junior high school. All that is endangered when Miaow and her boyfriend, Andrew, buy a stolen iPhone from a shady vendor and discover photographs of two dead police officers on it - disgraced officers, violently murdered to avenge the long-dead. Surrounding the murder investigation is a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement, and perhaps beyond. It soon becomes apparent that Miaow's discovery threatens the entire family - and if that's not enough, in order to survive, they may ultimately have to depend on someone who, in the past, has already betrayed them.
Did the warriors of ancient Sparta simply vanish without a trace along with their city, or did they find sanctuary at the tip of the mountainous Peloponnese? That stark, unforgiving region's roots today run deep with a history of pirates, highwaymen, and neighbors ferociously repelling any foreigner foolishly bent on occupying this part of Greece. Less well recorded are the Mani's families' strict code of honor and their history of endless vendettas with neighbors and with their own relatives. No wonder their farms look like fortresses. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned from Athens to the Mani by his uncle, Kouros fears his loyalty to his boss, Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, is about be to be tested by family pressure on the detective to act in some new vendetta, for this uncle once headed the Mani's most significant criminal enterprise. Instead, Kouros learns the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property --until the uncle is killed, and thus the deal. Acting swiftly to head off a new cycle of violence, Kouros satisfactorily solves the murder. Or so it seems until, back in Athens, Kaldis' probe into deeply entrenched government corruption leads straight back to the Mani. Both cops now confront a host of unexpected twists, unanticipated players, unanswered questions --and people yet to die.