Poke Rafferty

Created by Timothy Hallinan
(1942 –)

POKE RAFFERTY doesn’t have your typical background for a private eye. He was a travel writer, and in fact, he’s still a writer, at least part-time.

Plus he’s also got to be about the only gumshoe of Filipino-Irish heritage that I can think of.

Now he lives in Bangkok, trying to be a family man with his ex-hooker girlfriend Rose and a young street kid, Miaow, whom they’ve more-or-less adopted.

There’s some sharply observed local colour, and Poke’s outsider-looking-in viewpoint doesn’t pull any punches — he puts you facedown right in the seediness. Fans of Christopher Moore’s fellow Bangkok ex-pat eye Vinee Calvino should get a kick out of this one.

Hallinan, a one-time partner in a Los Angeles public relations firm, previously wrote a well-received series about Los Angeles private eye Simeon Grist, and more recently he’s started writing about Los Angeles second story man turned reluctant private eye Junior Bender.



Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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