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.