Published by Hay House on Feb 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Keep current with the truth: we’re only as weak as our secrets— especially the ones we keep from ourselves. That’s the Third Rule of Ten.
As the go-to private detective for a bevy of high-profile clients, our beloved ex-Buddhist monk, ex-LAPD officer, Tenzing "Ten" Norbu, has finally found his stride. With his beautiful pathologist girlfriend, a healthy bank account, and a steady stream of clients, courtesy of middle-aged movie star Mac Gannon and rising political star Bets McMurtry, Ten’s life is bursting with activity. But it’s not all joy and happiness. The death of his father and a growing abundance of secrets—both personal and professional—leave Ten feeling an unexpected depth of sorrow and confusion.
Even with the emotional turmoil, nothing can stop Ten from taking the case when McMurtry’s housekeeper goes missing. The investigation leads him down a dangerous path littered with bodies, untraceable prescription drugs, and human organ trafficking. But nothing is as shocking as the realization that the mastermind behind it all is none other than—Chaco Morales, a criminal that slipped through Ten’s hands once already. The Third Rule of Ten will have readers on the edges of their seats, as they learn, along with Ten, that there is a fine line between healthy privacy and unhealthy secrecy. Knowing the difference may just determine whether Ten will stop Chaco or lose himself.
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.
Unlike the previous books in the series, this book was missing the zen feel that I associate with this series. There is a very good reason for this: the book is mostly about Ten’s current problems, and his unwillingness to deal with them. As a result, his life and mind are in turmoil, and this translates to the overall feel of the book.
Once Ten started dealing with things in the later part of the book the zen feeling started to return, but I found it was a little too late. One of the primary draws of this series is the uniquely tranquil atmosphere, and without it, there was a special element missing.
The plot of this book was standalone, which is something I really appreciate about this series. It is probably most enjoyable when read in order as there is an overall series arc, but each individual book has its own central plot.
Overall, this was an okay addition to the series. The plot of the story was a bit too political and agenda-driven for my taste, and the overall feeling wasn’t what I associate with the series, but I do still like the main character and his friends, and hope to see a return to the zen ex-monk feeling in the next book.