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The Second Rule Of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Dharma Detective) Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
"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."
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like this books as much as the first novel. There are so many characters in it that I found myself being confused as to who was whom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by well read
The Tenzing Norbu series is a delightful series to read. It has a way of making you think and assess the way you deal with life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Soaked in San Jose
It is a good read if you can swallow the idea of a Buddhist monk as a private detective working in LA.Published 3 months ago by rosedawn
The plot in this one was harder to follow, seemed a bit disjointed but still liked it.. Can't wait to start book 3Published 4 months ago by palai_lama
Rare blend of pace, clever plot and deeper meaning. Kept me entertained and got me thinking about more important things at the same time - the meaning of life, the importance of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gavin Thomas
I love the mix of good storytelling and Buddhist beliefs. It is so refreshing to experience Ten's struggle and connect with him. And the mystery is well executed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeannette K.