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The Second Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #2)

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    Tenzing Norbu, a/k/a Ten, is at it again, struggling to hold ont

    Tenzing Norbu, a/k/a Ten, is at it again, struggling to hold onto the Buddhist practices he learned as a child and constantly frustrated by his life as an unlicensed private investigator. Ten's father was a Buddhist monk living in India at the same monastery as the Dalai Llama, but Ten's mother died after a long battle with a very worldly life. Ten's father seemed constantly displeased and angry with Ten after Ten's mother abandoned them. Ten has spent his entire life trying to move past that rejection and the internal messages it left that keep recycling in his relationships and career. Meditation helps keep him sane but not much beyond that although Ten believes there is so much more that could free him and change the rut he is so very aware is constantly lurking within.

    Then a Hollywood mogul hires Ten to find his daughter, a task that is easy to accomplish, but a week later Marv Rudolph is found dead. Since Ten's no long a member of the police force, he's technically not supposed to get involved he does. But watching his stressed out buddy fail to come to any substantial solutions as to the murderer, Ten secretly begins to investigate, all the time trying to keep the second rule of resisting the patterns of past betrayals. That seems to work double-time as Marv Rudolph betrayed almost everyone with whom he came in contact and they in turn betrayed and then killed the film producer.

    Ironically, Ten gets pulled into a second mystery involving a search for the sister, Sadie, sister of Julius Rosen; Sadie disappeared during the Holocause. It turns out that there's something about gang-related activity going on here which it takes some hair-raising spins and turns for Ten to figure out. In the meantime, he almost loses his best friend, a cop, but gains a wonderful woman, Heather as a girlfriend.

    There's plenty of action albeit some repetition of Ten's stressed out feelings and attempts to clear out the mental garbage, but through it all Ten finally decides to come to terms with his father in a series of shocking scenes involving two good monk friends in India. It leaves enough unsaid that is obviously a hook to prepare the reader for what will probably be a third Tenzing Norbu mystery. Besides being a great crime thriller novel, The Second Rule of Ten has something to say to those who spend a huge amount of time reacting from past patterns rather than acting in the present moment. Nice job, Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay!

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

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    Have you ever read a book and thoroughly enjoyed it, but not bee

    Have you ever read a book and thoroughly enjoyed it, but not been able to point at anything in particular that made you like it?  That is the way that I felt about the second book in the Tenzing Norbu series  by  Gay Hendricks .  I had read the first book, (The First Rule of Ten) last year shortly after it was published, and found it to be an enjoyable mystery ala Sue Grafton or Earl Stanley Gardner (for us older folks), or even, dare I say it, Agatha Christie with her Hercule Poirot mysteries.   In fact, I enjoyed the first book enough that I was excited to read the second book in the series,  aptly named The Second Rule Of Ten , published at the beginning of this month. 
    As I said, it is hard to put my finger on exactly what I like about these stories, they are just enjoyable mysteries with great characters. Rather than any specific items, it is the whole package that I ended up liking. I enjoyed the characters, the story line was interesting, the writing flowed, and the details on Buddhism that are revealed (the lead character grew up in a Buddhist monastery in India) fascinated me. Like Hercule of Christie fame, the main character Tenzing (or Ten as his friends call him) is a bit odd.  Thanks to his unusual upbringing, he is not really in tune with the technologically driven 21st century.  His quest to fit in, while still maintaining the positive aspects of his Buddhist upbringing make him, not only a bit eccentric, but also endearing in a way.  He appears as reserved and out of place in Los Angeles as his ex-partner  Bill is at home there.  As I read the books I find myself really rooting for Ten to get the girl, or find the clue, or solve the mystery.     
    After much thought, I decided that it is not only what this book is that was so enjoyable, but also what it is not.  Missing in this book is the steamy romance that is prevalent in many of today's stories.  Don't get me wrong, I like steamy romance, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed a book without any.  Heck, Ten is having a hard enough time trying to fit into America, LA, and the 21st century.  Why complicate things with a romantic attachment that is more than he could juggle.  
    Also missing in this book is the darkness and grit that I enjoy so much in many of my favorite suspense/thrillers which are peppered with psychotic serial killers and the like.   In this story, though, those elements would be truly out of place.  The hook here is not what diabolical thing is around the corner,  but what new revelation will Ten figure out, and how will that help him on his quest to understand, not only the outside world, but himself (and solve the mystery, to boot).  
    This book left me smiling, and better still, looking forward to the next book, which I presume will be titled, The Third Rule of Ten. I am definitely hooked and can tell that I am going to be looking forward to each book in this series. 

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