For the Dead (A Poke Rafferty Novel)
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After seven years in Bangkok, American travel writer Poke Rafferty finally feels settled: 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 helps her boyfriend buy a stolen iPhone that contains photographs of two disgraced police officers, both of whom have been murdered. As Miaow's carefully constructed personal life falls apart, Rafferty discovers that the murders are part of a conspiracy that reaches the top rungs of Bangkok law enforcement, and beyond. 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 has already betrayed them.
Dedication Part One: We All Float … Chapter 1: The River Chapter 2: Exquisite Politeness Chapter 3: The Forest Chapter 4: Goop Is Uninformative Chapter 5: One Hundred Twelve Grams Chapter 6: Going Down Chapter 7: If You Are Me, Maybe Four Thousand Seven Hundred Chapter 8: You Can’t Live for the Dead Chapter 9: Flat as Buttons Chapter 10: I Feel Like We Should Take Care of Her Chapter 11: Human Fractals Chapter 12: Home Chapter 13: Door Number Two Chapter 14: Fifty Inches Is a
her own skin. Rafferty watches enviously. “Are you calmer now?” Rose says. “I’ve been calm the whole time,” Rafferty says, trying to sound calm. “Just because I’m concerned, that doesn’t mean I’m not—” He breaks off as Miaow trudges by, looking persecuted, to disappear into the kitchen. By the time Rafferty has thought of something to say so she won’t think she interrupted something he didn’t want her to hear, she’s come back out with a can of Diet Coke and a plastic bag filled with slices of
her fingers. Keeping the non-secret a secret is suddenly important to her. And she knows it’s because of the real secret, the secret Poke doesn’t even suspect. The baby she lost. Someone’s baby, she has no idea whose. Some drunk’s baby. There were always customers who refused at the last moment to use condoms, who didn’t have one and wouldn’t take the one she tried to force on them, who made it clear that they weren’t going to let her leave the hotel room until they were done with her. There
teeth to be in, a school full of kids from all over the world, and it’s all about Miaow. Andrew has a father who’s got a head made out of rock, and that’s all about Miaow. Poke and I are going to have a baby, and that’s all about Miaow. My own baby is about Miaow.” “That’s not fair. You didn’t even—” “I’ll give you this, you had more class than Andrew’s father. You were winning there for a minute while he was here, even though you’ve been a complete hairball for the past couple of months. But
trashed the vendor’s stand. What harm could Miaow possibly represent? Someone with a knife. Someone who meant to use it. He’s rubbed his finger on the wet side of his glass, and he’s drawing question marks on the table. If it’s not the pictures, what? The cops have the pictures now. There are cops involved in all of this—Sawat’s racket had to involve several highly-ranked officers. Arthit’s boss, Thanom, is the most probable link to Sawat, but he’s also the one who knows best that Miaow