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Saturday, February 11, 2012
The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Dharma Detective #1) by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay
A twist on the L.A. detective novel
Published in 2012 by Hay House Visions.
For years, Los Angeles has been the home of the detective story. For Raymond Chandler, Dragnet, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly and even videogames like L.A. Noire, Los Angeles has been the seedy, diverse world that has all of the secrets that our intrepid detective heroes must dig up and expose.
Tenzing Norbu (he goes by Ten) is a different kind of detective in that he grew up in a monastery and used to be a Buddhist monk but moved to America at the age of 18. His literary hero is Sherlock Holmes and he has just retired from LAPD as a detective because the job was simply getting too bureaucratic - too much paperwork, not enough mystery-solving.
Ten may not be a monk any longer but he is still a practicing Buddhist. That's a different twist, and in some ways a refreshing twist on the stereotype of the alcohol-abusing chain smoking detective. Not that Ten is a prude, but he is mindful of what he does to his body,
But, this fresh character would be pointless if the story were poor. I am glad to say that this mystery is interesting and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion. This was an enjoyable read and I will keep my eyes open for more stories of Tenzing Norbu.
I was offered this book from the publisher through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Edit: March 30, 2013: See my review of The Second Rule of Ten by clicking here.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here:
The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Tenzing Norbu Mysteries)
Reviewed on February 11, 2012.