A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree

Overview

The fourth in the series about the corpulent, chain-smoking, likeable inspector from Singapore's police service is set against the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Inspector Singh is in Cambodia, wishing he wasn't. He has been sent as an observer to the international war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh in the latest effort by his superiors to ensure that he is anywhere except in Singapore. But for the first time the fat Sikh inspector finds himself on the verge of losing ...

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Overview

The fourth in the series about the corpulent, chain-smoking, likeable inspector from Singapore's police service is set against the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Inspector Singh is in Cambodia, wishing he wasn't. He has been sent as an observer to the international war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh in the latest effort by his superiors to ensure that he is anywhere except in Singapore. But for the first time the fat Sikh inspector finds himself on the verge of losing his appetite, when a key member of the tribunal is murdered in cold blood. The authorities are determined to write off the incident as a random act of violence, but Singh thinks otherwise. It isn't long before he finds himself caught up in one of the most terrible murder investigations he's witnessed, the roots of which lie in the dark depths of the Cambodian killing fields.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Inspector Singh, the star of the Singapore police’s murder squad, is sent to Cambodia to observe an ex–Khmer Rouge leader’s trial for crimes against humanity, he expects little but boredom. But in the Sikh detective’s fourth outing (after The Singapore School of Villainy), Singh finds himself helping the taciturn Colonel Menhay solve the murder of a key witness for the prosecution. The shrewd Singh manages to winnow down the long list of suspects, but not in time to prevent another killing. And in a country where “tourist highlights include torture chambers and mass graves,” neither the investigation nor the trial can provide true closure for all who have lost their families. Alongside this sobering message, however, the book offers charming observations on life in Cambodia, with its many contradictions—a great read for an armchair traveler who likes a chewy mystery. (Aug.)
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"Character-driven as well as plot-driven, the story ominously ticks on like a bomb in the midst of suspenseful twists and turns to a most surprising yet satisfying catharsis."  —Qiu Xiaolong, author, Inspector Chen series, on A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

“Shamini Flint's style is engaging and well-adapted to the various rhythms of the story. . . The plot and characters are complex and interesting. There are quite a few twists and turns and the outcome is not obvious. The story unfolds smoothly and keeps the reader captive until the very end.” —Reviewing the Evidence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749953478
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: Inspector Singh Investigates Series , #4
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 707,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Shamini Flint was a lawyer for 10 years, traveling extensively in Asia during that period. She is the author of several previous Inspector Singh books, including A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul and A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder.

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