First Lines: "OH-ho," Says the woman at the cash register, looking at the baby formula and the stacks of disposable diapers. "How old?"
The most cantankerous member of the small gang that hangs out at the Expat Bar has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Poke Rafferty has never felt any deep friendship for the man, but he commits to looking for him anyway.
It's a fraught time in the Rafferty household. Rose has given birth to a son. Their cramped apartment is filled with females giving Rose help and companionship. Their adopted daughter Miaow tries to bury her feelings about the newborn baby (how will Rose and Poke feel about her now that they've got a child of their own?). Even Poke isn't sure what kind of father he's going to be.
Yes, the Rafferty household is filled with emotional landmines, but little does Poke know that he's about to meet someone who has the power to tear his family apart.
I know all good things must come to an end, but there are still times that I'd dearly love to postpone an ending or two. This last book in Timothy Hallinan's superb Poke Rafferty series is one of those times. From Poke sleeping on a lumpy couch to the overload of estrogen caused by all of Rose's friends gathering around her to Miaow's concern over her place in the family now that the baby is here, I felt like a member of the family, too.
All along, Hallinan has told us that this series really isn't about Poke; it's all about Miaow and how a small child living on the streets of Bangkok becomes an integral part of Poke's unconventional intercultural family. It's been eight years since Poke and Rose adopted Miaow, and she's grown into a phenomenal young woman. What better way to shed more light on her than to give readers a look into the part of Miaow's story that we've never heard?
Street Music can make you think. It can make you laugh. It can make you cry. I only wish Miaow would become a private investigator or something so we could continue to watch her grow as a person (and see Poke, Rose, and the baby as well). It is a fitting ending to a marvelous series. If you haven't read any of these books, you have to do something about that as soon as possible. Get your hands on A Nail Through the Heart and enjoy yourself all the way through Street Music. You can thank me later.
Street Music by Timothy Hallinan
Soho Crime © 2020
eBook, 384 pages
Private Investigator, #9 Poke Rafferty mystery
Source: Purchased from Amazon.