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A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok
A Nail Through the Heart: A Novel of Bangkok
by Timothy Hallinan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The First Poke Rafferty Novel, 7 Aug. 2010
This is the first novel in a series of 3 (soon to be 4) about a travel writer living in Bangkok with a penchant for finding trouble. Although Poke Rafferty is a lovable down-and-out writer with a big heart and a serious addiction to properly made good coffee, it is the supporting cast that takes this novel to the next level. Rafferty's girlfriend, a former bar girl, and his adopted daughter Meaw, a kid he rescued from the streets, give this book depth and charisma above what you'd expect in this genre. Seeing Bangkok through their eyes gives you a troughly fascinating look at one of the most vibrant city in the world. Meaw in particular stole my heart. What a character! Oh, and by the way, look out for Superman!


The Risk of Infidelity Index (Vincent Calvino 1)
The Risk of Infidelity Index (Vincent Calvino 1)
by Christopher G. Moore
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller set in Bangkok, 7 Aug. 2010
Although I like Timothy Hallinan's Rafferty series better (mostly because of his character development). This book is still a decent read offering an authentic peak into life in Bangkok.


A Case of Two Cities: Inspector Chen 4 (Inspector Chen Cao)
A Case of Two Cities: Inspector Chen 4 (Inspector Chen Cao)
by Qiu Xiaolong
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Chen Goes To America, 7 April 2010
Not as good as the other Inspector Chen books, but it was great to get reacquainted with him anyway..


Balance and Harmony: Asian Food
Balance and Harmony: Asian Food
by Neil Perry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book by Neil Perry, 7 April 2010
After having been a fan of "The Food I Love" for several years, I came across "Balance & Harmony: Asian Food" while browsing for yet another Asian cook book. As always Neil Perry does what I think every great writer/chef should do, focus on the technique and ingredients that will help you succeed. And by that measure this book is a stunning success! So much so, I must admit its recipes and ideas are now part of my staple diet.

One of the things I was looking to achieve, before buying this book, was to recreate some of the great soups I experienced while living Thailand for an extended period. And I don't mean your typical Tom Yam Kung or Tom Ka Gai, but rather the excellent poultry and/or meat noodle soups found at the hawker stands. This book delivers the knowledge and tools to build the necessary stocks for this purpose. I'm having another bowl for brunch after finishing this review..

Thanks Neil!


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