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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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Product Details

  • Series: Dharma Detective
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Biblioholic Beth TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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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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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If you've not yet met the delightfully different detective Tenzig Norbu, there's no better time to make his acquaintance than now. Ten's a 30ish former Tibetan monk who came to America, became a detective for the LAPD, then left to start his own private eye practice which, as we begin book two in the series, is still limping along with the help of Ten's immensely likable regular co-stars: Mike, his on-call computer whiz; Bill, his former police partner; Tank, the cat who loves tuna water but won't eat tuna fish and Shelby, our hero's beloved bright yellow '65 Mustang. This second in the series introduces two new continuing characters: Clancy, the paparazzo, and Heather, the coroner's new resident assistant, who's about to become Ten's "first flirtation initiated over an opened cadaver."

"Second Rule" opens with Hollywood producer Marv Rudolph hiring Ten to find his 16-year-old wayward daughter. No sooner is his daughter found than word comes that Marv has been found dead, but the autopsy shows no cause, which is odd. Odder still is a now missing piece of inner arm skin that had had a tattoo on it and a knife lying next to the body that shows no indication of having been used. As the search for what or who killed Marv and why gets underway, lots and lots of bad guys enter the picture. Then, in the midst of all this turmoil, Ten's intuition tells him that something's terribly wrong back home at the monastery in Dharamshala, India which leads to a brief but interesting break in the action for a quick 7,000 mile plane trip to meet Ten's father, the abbot, and his two longtime pen pals, Lama Yeshe and Lama Lobsang.

Book two closes with a bang-up sneak preview of "The Third Rule of Ten."
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The Second Rule of Ten provides a spellbinding story with a compelling array of characters who constantly stimulate the imagination. We travel along with Ten as he uncovers clues to the intriguing mysteries that exist both in the outer world and also in the often perplexing inner world. We turned each page with a gripping sense of "What's next?!"

Pushing through the intensity of murder and coercion, we are continuously surprised, sometimes delighted, but always challenged to track the journey of a bigger than life detective who solves not only the mysteries of crime but also the mysteries of life.

With fierce insight the compelling storytellers, Gay Hendricks & Tinker Lindsay, create the tension of the unknown at multiple levels. We are with Ten, moment to moment, as he unravels the mystery by repeatedly shifting from a perspective that's holding him back and opening to new wisdom and intuition.

We experience a unique cast of characters who could be part of a Buddhist collection of gods, who help and thwart Ten on his journey. These characters quickly become real people who allow us to experience the strong support of friendship and the gap in our intuitive powers when relationships go off course. We are eager to see how their lives unfold in the Third Rule of Ten.
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