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  • Series: Dharma Detective
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fast-paced thriller with a heart. Great storyline, refreshingly different characters and dazzling insights when you least expect them. -- David Michie author of The Dalai Lama's Cat --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gay Hendricks is a best-selling author with more than 30 books to his credit. The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series, which began with The First Rule of Ten, is Hendricks’s first foray into fiction.

 

Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter and author who has written and produced a wide variety of books and films.


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The story is good, the Ten character is great and deep and very well developed.
Jon
I was very surprised with the amount of knowledge and insight the authors had to the path of meditation and the tenants of this way of life.
Thomas P. Troyer
I'm going to backtrack and read the first book in the series, and look foward to keeping up with the next.
Jill Florio

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lefcourte VINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
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The story must make sense.

I've been reading Mysteries on and off for 60 years. Poe, Doyle, Van Dyne, Christie, Stout, Gardner, etc. To add some variety authors change locations: Ancient China, Ancient Rome, Nazi Germany, etc. and change the occupations and backgrounds of the protagonists. The hook here is that the protagonist is a L.A. P.I., half Tibetan who spent his formative years growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist Temple as an apprentice Monk. However, given his background he isn't very enlightened and doesn't act very smart. Nevertheless the book is fairly well written and engaging but once finished the reader realizes the plot really didn't make any sense (which isn't to say that things couldn't have happened that way but that it is very unlikely that they would have). The authors should know that the word rifle is not a synonym for shotgun but don't. That's a little off putting for a detective story.

I gave up reading mystery novels awhile back as they felt like empty calories but I'd heard and read the buzz on this series and wanted to give it a try. It's as good as most popular contemporary detective characters but not any better.

If you are an avid reader of mysteries you will enjoy it. If you are a picky reader I doubt that you'd read another in the series.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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We all have struggles that try to define us, and some of us have more than others. The inward thoughts that tell us we aren't worthy enough, the memories of the past that try to limit us...those are just a couple of examples. Ten, for all his Buddhist training, has more than his fair share of those struggles - and in The Second Rule of Ten, he begins to realize that maybe *he* has been using those struggles to limit *himself*. Of course, being Ten, he begins his journey to understanding while investigating a murder, looking for the sister of a rich Jewish philanthropist, and falling for the newest coroner.

As in the first book, the writing is outstanding. The pace flows incredibly well, and all the pieces fit together like an incredibly detailed puzzle. Not too many pieces, where things start to go off the rail, but enough that things stay interesting. Add into this the elements of Buddhism, based on Ten's upbringing in a monastery, and it makes for one heck of an intriguing book.

I was a bit concerned after I read the first one that there would be a sophomore slump - primarily due to the elements of Buddhism woven into the story. How to make it feel fresh and new, AND not pushy, was something I wondered about. I am so excited and relieved to see that my concerns were totally unfounded. You could easily read this book on its own without missing anything, but I think you will find that starting with the first will draw you in even more, as many of the characters are the same.

To be completely honest, I do not usually read police procedurals - just not generally my thing. What captivates me with these books are the characters. They are human in every aspect, and they draw you in and make you care about them.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angie Boyter VINE VOICE on December 28, 2012
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Dharma Detective Tenzing "Ten" Norbu has left the life of a Buddhist monk to become a PI in Los Angeles, but he hasn't left behind his Buddhist philosophy. The resulting synthesis is one of the most charming and unusual mystery series I have read in a very long time. As this second book in the series opens, Ten says "I am making a new rule for myself....I'm going to be on the lookout for unconscious beliefs, the kind I hold so closely, I mistake them for reality....As safe as they make me feel, ...they prevent me from understanding what is actually happening." He has good reason to remember this rule in the course of this book. Movie mogul Marv Rudolph, who had recently hired Ten to find his runaway teen-aged daughter, dies in unusual circumstances, and Ten finds himself drawn into the case. Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen hires Ten to find his sister, who was lost during the holocaust in World War II. At the same time, some serious challenges arise in Ten's personal life. His interest in the Rudolph case creates a painful conflict between himself and his best friend and former partner Detective Bill Bohannon, who is heading the official investigation and is clearly very ambivalent about Ten's involvement. A new romance causes his insecurities about women to resurface and makes him question why he cannot seem to find a lasting love. In all of these situations he must ask himself how closely what he believes accords with reality.
This is most definitely a character-driven series. The first-person narrative is the perfect vehicle for getting to know the engaging Ten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joy V. Smith VINE VOICE on December 22, 2012
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I enjoyed this book more than the first. I thought I might. (You can check out my review of the first one.) It seems smoother; it moves right along and I like the new character, Clancy. There are other interesting characters too, including Otilia. It's a tangled, suspenseful plot with a Hollywood backdrop. Show business is rough, and you can't trust anyone... Add real family problems and relationships, then throw in a trip to India and Tibet and the complications and harshness of life there. (Be sure to read up on that if you're planning to go there.) This book is recommended for the mystery, the background, the philosophy, and in-depth looks at other cultures--and a recalling of the horror of the Holocaust. Ten's new girlfriend is intelligent and has a job that will add depth to future plots, I suspect, along with a hint of mystery about her past. And I appreciated the fact that they both wanted to take it slow at first... Add a dash of some vegetarian dishes that even appealed to me. And a satisfying ending that addresses his relationship with his father and his two friends back home.

The preview for The Third Rule of Ten is intriguing. (I hope he rethinks that lie; he obviously needs their support. Maybe the third rule will address that.)
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