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The Adversary
     

The Adversary

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by Michael Walters
 

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In Ulan Bataar, the head of Mongolia's largest and most powerful crime empire is finally about to get his comeuppance. But it seems that the wealthy Muunokhoi has friends in high places.

When Muunokhoi's trial begins to fall apart, Nergui, the former head of the Serious Crime team, and Doripalam, his replacement and onetime protégé, are forced to look

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In Ulan Bataar, the head of Mongolia's largest and most powerful crime empire is finally about to get his comeuppance. But it seems that the wealthy Muunokhoi has friends in high places.

When Muunokhoi's trial begins to fall apart, Nergui, the former head of the Serious Crime team, and Doripalam, his replacement and onetime protégé, are forced to look internally to find out who in the justice system has submitted to the lure of the crime lord's power-only to realize that Muunokhoi's deadly influence is much stronger than either of them could have envisioned...

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Publishers Weekly

Nergui, the former head of the Mongolian Serious Crime Team, and his successor and protégé, Doripalam, take on Muunokhoi, Mongolia's top crime boss, in Walters's nifty follow-up to The Shadow Walker(2008). The vacuum left by the breakup of the Soviet Union created an opportunity that Muunokhoi was quick to exploit, and since then he's become so powerful that he's virtually untouchable. Nergui and Doripalam, who face an uphill battle to reform Ulan Baatar's corrupt and inept police force, are embarrassed when faked police evidence ruins their case against the gangster in the courtroom. A race for long-hidden (and perhaps nonexistent) evidence that might incriminate Muunokhoi leads to kidnappings and murder. Nicely plotted with interesting secondary characters, this mystery is also notable for glimpses of the turmoil the ancient Mongolian nation is undergoing in its transformation to a modern democracy. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

In this sequel to Walters's debut, The Shadow Walker, Nergui, the former head of the Serious Crimes Team, is pitted against his old enemy, Muunokhoi, the most dangerous criminal mind in Mongolia. Corruption in high places adds to the air of suspense and suspicion in this tautly told tale. For collections where mysteries with foreign settings are popular. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ11/1/08.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
A police officer goes up against a crime family whose tentacles stretch from modern Ulan Baatar to the primitive steppes. When the fix is on and the trial of master criminal Muunokhoi goes belly up, Doripalam, of the Special Investigative branch, is not best pleased to have his former boss and mentor Nergui, now promoted to the Ministry of Security, back on his old patch to set matters right. For his part, Nergui has more than Doripalam's hurt feelings to worry about. He has to maneuver carefully because there are traitors at Muunokhoi's beck and call working within the service, and his former associate may be one of them. Further complications arise when Mrs. Tuya, who has reported her teenaged son Gavaa missing, is tortured and killed and her four brothers take off. Nergui, who has been pursuing Muunokhoi for more than two decades, gets an inkling that the criminal's whereabouts may be connected to the missing boy's. But it will take many trips to abandoned yurts and the disentangling of seemingly unrelated lives before he can piece together the patchwork of trouble. Just when you thought nothing new could be added to the police procedural, along comes an intriguing glimpse of Mongolian culture, politics and scenery through the eyes of a deeply complex protagonist (The Shadow Walker, 2006).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425225967
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 18 Years

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Adversary 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ulan Baatar, Mongolia, Judge Radnaa is disturbed with the State Prosecution lawyer, Tsengal who asks for more time in the case against crime chieftain Muunokhoi as some of the evidence proves to befake. The defense attorney Nyamsuren insists his client be let go or the trial starts now. The Judge rules in favor of the accused as the prosecutor should not have brought the case to trial if they were not ready.

Embarrassed by the proceedings, the Minister assigns Nargui, former chief of Serious Crime Team, to conduct an inquiry as to what happened especially who leaked to the defense that some of the evidence was tainted. His personally selected replacement Dosipalam wonders why Nargui is involved. Police detective Tunjin, a thirty year veteran, is placed on suspension with pay pending the investigation as he is the one who planted the evidence. Muunokhoi wants Tunjin dead so he flees with the help of an elderly neighbor from the Mongolian capital. At the same time the investigation into the murder of Mrs. Toya, whose cousin works for the free media, and whose teenage son is missing ties back to the crime king and the judge.

The sequel to THE SHADOW WALKER is a strong police procedural with an exciting internal affairs like investigation, but as before it is the locations in Mongolia of a somewhat westernized Ulan Baatar and the remote Gobi Desert that make this tale stand out. Nargui may have been promoted from the police department, but he remains a superb cop as does his protégé. Part of the fun is their relationship as the more diplomatic Dosipalam egged on buy his wife who detests her spouse¿s former boss, wonders why he is back. The Tunjin and Mrs. Toya subplots add depth though the climax seems over the top of the Steppes. Fans will enjoy the second in-depth tour of Mongolia as several cops guide the audience around a country trying to balance the Russians, the Chinese and the West.

Harriet Klausner