Published by Hay House on Jan 1, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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“Beware your old, limited models of thinking: no matter how safe they make you feel, eventually you will become their prisoner.” That’s the second rule of Ten.
Tenzing “Ten” Norbu—ex-monk and ex-cop—is back! In The Second Rule of Ten, the next book in the Dharma Detective series, our daring detective faces a dead Hollywood producer, an ailing philanthropist’s missing sister, and a way-too-sexy pathologist, who are all wreaking havoc with his serenity—and that’s before the arrival of cartel king and arch-nemesis Chaco Morales. As Ten moves deeper into the case, things get personal when his two best friends in Dharamshala go missing, and his former LAPD partner, Bill, turns oddly distant. Ten’s journey for the truth propels him from gang-ridden, dangerous Boyle Heights in east LA to Lhasa, Tibet, and back again. He must wrestle with more than one limiting thought and inner enemy if he is to identify, much less overcome, his rapidly multiplying outer ones. The clues to solving this complex cluster of mysterious events are sprinkled all over the City of Angels, but the ultimate answers, as always for Ten, lie inside.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Like the first book in the series, this story was a unique mix of zen Buddhism and detective action. Ten is an ex-monk, ex-police detective turned private investigator whose background colours his every action.
There is lots of action, but the highlight of the book is Ten’s Buddhist background and his current inner turmoil. Ten has very normal doubts and fears, which make him very relatable and likable. His character underwent great growth and enlightenment in his quick trip home. His trip was all about Ten, and seem almost like a treat to the reader as it wasn’t about the plot so much as making Ten come alive.
The story definitely focuses mostly on Ten. All the other characters take a backseat, although Heather is does shine as a very supportive and understand woman. Hopefully she plays a more prominent and permanent part in future books.
While this is a series book with lots of growth of Ten’s character, the story itself stands alone, which is always great to find. I thoroughly enjoyed this return to Ten’s life, and can’t wait to return with the next book.