The Monk’s Hour is the second book of a trilogy involving Tim Adams, ex intelligence operative and Vietnam Vet.
Following his experiences in ‘Never Recovered‘, Adams is approached in California to investigate the death of an art collector in Thailand. Within days, he discovers that not all the collector’s efforts concerned Buddhist icon recovery, but also transfers of reincarnated monks, prisoners and contraband through a mysterious system called ‘The Conduit’.
Once again, Adam learns while dodging violent reactions in northern Thailand that not everyone wants the matter resolved. Based on current events in the vastly secret and lucrative Asian artifact trade, ‘The Monk’s Hour’ represents a fictional account of a system few understand.
Ken Winkler has spent five years teaching in Thailand (Bangkok & Chiang Mai) and served a year as a resort manager in the far north (Chiang Rai). Another two years were devoted to being a Peace Corps volunteer in India, and a single year in the Czech Republic.He is the author of: Pilgrim of the Clear Light: The Biography of Dr. Walter Evans-Wentz, A Thousand Journeys: A Biography of Lama Anagarika Govinda, and The Furies Arise: A Novel of the Indian Mutiny.A student of several Thai and Tibetan Buddhist masters, Ken has also served as a refugee social worker for the Tolstoy Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. In addition to working with the American Language Center at UCLA, he has also taught community college English in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Oregon and with Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California.His most recent book, The Winter Line, A Memoir and Observations of Asia covers his 40 years of traveling to, working in and writing about South and Southeast Asia.