Jan 052015
Review: The Fourth Rule of TenThe Fourth Rule of Ten (A Tenzing Norbu Mystery #4) by Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay
Published by Hay House on Jan 5, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Ex–Buddhist monk, former LAPD detective, and current private investigator Tenzing “Ten” Norbu knows Bill Bohannon as many things: loving husband, devoted father, police administrator, former partner, and best friend. But then an uninvited guest from Bill’s past upends the Bohannons’ Fourth of July barbecue, revealing in levelheaded Bill the most unexpected behavior—behavior that awkwardly drops Ten in the middle of a crumbling marriage.

Ten makes an unexpected move of his own when he agrees to pro bono work for a convicted felon. But it was dope slinger Godfrey Chambers Ten had repeatedly busted during his days on the force, not the reformed and rechristened G-Force who is now asking for Ten’s help in claiming money left to him by a kind-hearted benefactor—and contested by the benefactor’s self-serving family.

Soon Ten’s investigations lead him down the darkest corridors of the Internet and halfway around the globe to Sarajevo as he navigates the seedy worlds of human trafficking and personal regret. As his cases intertwine, Ten will rely on the wisdom of the Buddha and his own network of relationships—with super hacker Mike, outrageously idiosyncratic assistant Kim, old monastery friends Yeshe and Lopsang, Serbian cabbie and former policija Petar, and, of course, feline rock Tank—to solve the puzzle ­and keep free of his own tangled past. Especially when an old flame returns.

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.

My complaint for the last book in this series was that it was missing the zen feeling of the previous books, and I have the same complaint with this book. I think it has to do with the political feel of both books. This one featured a human trafficking ring, which is sure to dampen anyone’s zen feelings.

There was a lot going on in this book, and while it was a bit disjointed and busy in the beginning, things did come together in the end. There were multiple mysteries, which all take a logical path to their conclusions. I like this logical process, even if I didn’t care for all the themes in the book.

As usual, I enjoyed Ten’s character, and his continual journey to self enlightenment and happiness. There seemed to be less internal discussions and examinations in this installment, which also lessened the zen feeling.

Overall, I like the series as it has a unique focus, but I miss the monk focus from the first few books. As always, the story stood alone, but is greatly enhanced with the background provided in earlier books. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series, which will hopefully recapture the unique ex-monk angle.

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