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The Fourth Watcher: 08/10/08
The Fourth Watcher by Timothy Hallinan is the sequel to A Nail Through the Heart (which I haven't read).
The return of a father long since declared legally dead in the United States, Poke Rafferty finds himself and his family in a dangerous tug of war involving the Secret Service, a Chinese gangster and North Korean counterfeit money.
The book is set in Bangkok and the city is as much a character in the book as the human ones are. Hallinan does a good job at fleshing out the novel with lessons on Thai culture and language.
The Fourth Watcher is set in the present and oddly enough is written in the present tense. While this approach works now the immediacy of the book's narrative might make it seem dated in a few years.