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THE UMBRELLA MAN (The Inspector Samuel Tay Novels Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Needham
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Jake Needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice." -- The Bangkok Post



The first bomb cracked the Hilton like an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt. Three massive explosions, all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying seconds. Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured. Singapore is bleeding.



Inspector Samuel Tay is a senior inspector in the Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID, but he is frozen out of this investigation from the beginning. He's made serious enemies in Singapore's Internal Security Department, and he has even more enemies at the American embassy, so Tay is assigned routine cases while his colleagues join with the CIA and the FBI in a feverish search for the bombers.



Three days after the explosions, the smell of death still sticky in the city's air, Tay is sent to a run-down apartment near the Malaysian border where two children have found the body of a Caucasian male with a broken neck. Tay immediately feels an unsettling connection with the dead man, although he's certain he has never seen him before.



As Tay searches the dead man's past for clues to who he was and who his killer might have been, Tay's own past begins to give up its secrets. A long-dead father he can barely remember reaches out of the grave to point to the truth about both the murdered man and the bombings. And the horror of Singapore's destruction becomes a personal horror for Samuel Tay.


Editorial Reviews

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"Needham is Asia's most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction." - The Singapore Straits Times
 
"Jake Needham has a knack for bringing intricate plots to life. His stories blur the line between fact and fiction and have a ripped from the headlines feel." --CNNgo
 
"Authentically spicy thrillers. Jake Needham is a man who knows Asia like the back of his hand." - The Malaysia Star (Kuala Lumpur)
 
"Mr. Needham seems to know rather more than one ought about these things." -- The Wall Street Journal Asia
 
"Needham certainly knows where a few bodies are buried." -- Asia Inc.

About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime and legal thrillers when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can learn more about Jake Needham at his official website: JakeNeedham.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2015 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Half Penny Ltd (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARITAC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, enjoyable thriller January 21, 2013
By Patrick
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The Umbrella Man opens on Inspector Samuel Tay of the Singapore CID, having a relaxing time in his garden. And then he hears the explosions: two of them almost simultaneous, followed by the third. Singapore is under attack: three hotels (The Hilton, the Marriott, and the Grand Hyatt) have been targeted. Hundreds of people are dead, and thousands lie injured. Tay himself winds up in the hospital.

But upon awaking, Tay discovers that he is being shut out of the investigation. His superiors suggest taking a leave of absence, while Singapore's Internal Security Department (ISD) take over the investigation. Tay has made himself a nuisance in certain corners, and now ISD is demanding that he be shut out of the investigation. And so Tay finds himself investigating an ordinary death in some remote corner far away from the terrorist plot.

Except it's not that simple, as you may have guessed. It turns out that the victim, a white man, may have had some sort of connection to the bombings. And so while ISD is trying to pin the blame on a terrorist organization, Sam Tay investigates his "ordinary" case and finds connections he'd never have dreamed about. And the biggest mystery is a photograph of the murder victim from years ago: he is standing by a man holding an umbrella, both of them smiling. This, of course, is the titular umbrella man.

The Umbrella Man is a fun read, but mystery fans should be warned right now that this is a thriller. Although Tay comes to some conclusions on his own, a character walks onstage, confirms Tay's suspicions that yeah-Bob-is-the-killer-but-what-can-you-do-about-it, and promptly disappears.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fast-paced read. September 10, 2013
By Greg
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I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. The characters were likeable...Tay reminded me of an aging Elvis Cole from the Crais novels. The plot contained more than a few twists, but was not overly complex. I'll be reading more of Mr. Needham's novels very soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book, hate that the author was insulted June 29, 2013
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Another Inspector Tay winner! The author has crafted yet another Tay novel that is well-written and un-put-down-able. Mr. Needham made a complex story very readable and injected it with some seriously sly humor; I laughed out loud several times. It's too bad that such a terrific book was so hideously edited. The typos and just plain wrong words were jarring. Mr. Needham deserves better. But I can't wait for the next installment! I have two wishes for the next Tay novel: Please, someone, buy Tay some nicotine gum or employ some other means to help him quit smoking. And, please, someone, edit the book before it's offered for sale!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Want More of Inspector Samuel Tay September 6, 2013
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I've enjoyed the two Samuel Tay novels I've read - and especially enjoy the Singapore setting. Needham writes well and the Samuel Tay character is engaging.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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... Mike Jaggger does the "Harlem Shuffle"!!!

About five years after his first adventure in the Ambassador's Wife, Sam is now fully inside some kind of midlife crisis that borders on wallowing himself in self-pity.
OK - since he'd solved those highly charged murders he's mostly handling cases like that of Mayling Aw - a Chinese illegal alien who killed her baby and wanted to jump off a 12-story building. So it is exactly because of Mayling Aw that our good Inspector is at the center of it all the night Singapore begins to bleed...

And this second case for Senior Inspector Sam Tay is literally more explosive than his first!
>>The first bomb cracked the Hilton like an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt. Three massive explosions, all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying seconds. Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured.<<
And that's not enough for those sadistic barbarians - and Sam Tay swears that he will find every one of them and kill them with his own hands ...

But Samuel Tay MAY be a senior inspector in the Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID, but he is left out of this investigation from the start. He has made serious enemies in Singapore's Internal Security Department, and he has even more at the American Embassy. So while his colleagues join the SID and the USA's CIA, FBI etc. in a 24/7 search for the bombers - obviously terrorists from Jemaah Islamiyah aimed at the Americans - he investigates a "suspicious" murder in the Woodland district near the Malaysian border together with his loyal Sergeant Robbie Kang ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... September 28, 2013
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I would have given this book another star except for -- SPOILER ALERT -- the use of a ghost/supernatural. I really enjoy Needham's humour and his plots are great. But let's keep things in this world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality read from Mr Needham. July 17, 2013
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Another quality read from Mr Needham. A terrorist attack in Singapore drags our hero, Inspector Tay, into an investigation that leads him to confront unanswered questions about his past and the death of his father at the tail end of the Vietnam war. Needham has the sights and sounds of Singapore down pat, from the staccato rapid-fire accents to the hint of the sinister that seems to underlie the city-state's perfectly managed society. Tay himself is a great protagonist in the guise of the lone cop, who never plays by the book (which really sets him apart in a place like Singapore), smokes too much, exercises too little, clashes constantly with authority, but always gets his man in the end.

Perhaps the only criticism I have is with the ending, which seems to draw to a close too quickly and with a sense of unfinished business. Somehow this left me short of that full sense of satisfaction I have had from all of Mr Needham's books so far. But even with that, this was quality through and through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Jake Needham lights it up!
Now, he's gone and done it!
This Jake Needham book, THE UMBRELLA MAN is the first one by this author that I've read and yep, I'm hooked. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ron Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read, I couldn put it down…
Published 12 days ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mystery writers today.
I'm not going to go over the plot again-that's been done well by others.
What I want to highlight is the WRITING. Jake Needham writes well. His dialog is crisp and natural. Read more
Published 3 months ago by OliviaColibri
5.0 out of 5 stars Needham is very good. I had fun reading this book
Needham is very good. I had fun reading this book. Good story, well written. Sam Tay is not a cookie cutter cop.
Published 4 months ago by J. B. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good protagonist
I like Needham's protagonist. Good book. I certainly will seek out the other Inspector Sam Tay books.
Published 7 months ago by Mike S
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Player
Good read that keeps your interest until the very end. Made me want to read the next inspector Tay story.
Published 9 months ago by night player
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Reading
My first reading of The Umbrella Man was April 2013. I decided to read it again since another Samuel Tay book will be coming out in the not too distant future (I hope). Read more
Published 10 months ago by fergiec
4.0 out of 5 stars Singapore Sleuth
Enjoyable but not quite as good as the Ambassador's Wife. Ended too abruptly for me and would have liked more development on the bombings.
Published 11 months ago by John M. Gustke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sam Tay series gets better by the book
However much I enjoyed the first volume in the series (The Ambassador's Wife), this second episode of Samuel Tay's adventures in introspective crime-busting is one notch above the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovable inspector
Love the story lines and Tays insight on whats going on around him in his "police work world". Read more
Published 11 months ago by dixie
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More About the Author

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels and legal thrillers when he realized he really didn't like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education and held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you about. Then, somehow, he became a screenwriter following a series of accidents and coincidences too ridiculous to be believed.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States.

You can read excerpts from all Jake Needham's books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' at his web site: www.JakeNeedham.com.

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