From the publisher
Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.
In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light—and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.
Every now and then, a protagonist will grab my attention from the very beginning and that is the case for me this time. Tenzing Norbu is a private detective (almost) that I would hire in a skinny minute and then I’d like to have a celebratory drink with him because I’m quite sure he’d find the answers I’d be looking for. Ten is, quite simply, a good man. He also has a fabulous 18-pound Persian named Tank. No, this feline doesn’t talk to Ten or do other fantastical things. He’s just a great cat.
Ten is an ex-cop who was raised in India as a Tibetan Buddhist monk and learned to love detecting by reading contraband mysteries as a teen, especially the hardboiled kind. Much of this background, along with why he’s now living a modern life in Los Angeles, influences his thoughts, his moves, his decisions, and this has a lot to do with why I find him so interesting and so unique in the crime fiction world.
Helping out as a police consultant on a death with few answers and working on a windfall case of his own should be enough to keep a man busy but Ten is also trying his best to develop a relationship with a certain attractive woman and deal with a personal situation that takes him back to his unhappy past. As painful as it is, though, it’s his past that makes Ten the man he is, a man I like very much.
Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay have created a rather unusual and appealing detective and a series that I will gladly follow wherever it leads. I’m already wondering what the third rule of Ten might be but I guess I’ll have to wait till next winter to find out.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, March 2013.