The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #1)

The First Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #1)

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by Gay Hendricks

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“Don’t ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.”

That’s the first rule of Ten.


Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short)—ex-monk and soon-to-be ex-cop—is a protagonist unique to our times. In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three-book

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“Don’t ignore intuitive tickles lest they reappear as sledgehammers.”

That’s the first rule of Ten.


Tenzing Norbu (“Ten” for short)—ex-monk and soon-to-be ex-cop—is a protagonist unique to our times. In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three-book detective series, we meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped, if not occasionally ill-equipped, as he takes on his first case as a private investigator in Los Angeles.

Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. But as the Buddha says, change is inevitable; and ten years later, everything is about to change—big-time—for Ten. One resignation from the police force, two bullet-wounds, three suspicious deaths, and a beautiful woman later, he quickly learns that whenever he breaks his first rule, mayhem follows.

Set in the modern-day streets and canyons of Los Angeles, The First Rule of Ten is at turns humorous, insightful, and riveting—a gripping mystery as well as a reflective, character-driven story with intriguing life-lessons for us all.

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Tibetan monk, turned LA cop, turned PI — it’s nothing less than one would expect from a successful relationship expert’s first mystery novel — and it’s a perfect choice to launch Hay House’s new mystery imprint, Visions. Ten is the book’s protagonist (the rules are his). He has a cat named Tank, an ex-girlfriend he calls “she-who-hates-cats”, and he often chooses a cold beer instead of meditation to reduce stress. His spiritual insights run as a sub-theme in his mind, as he chases bad guys and looks for clues. He models himself after Sherlock Holmes (his childhood idol) and has a Dr. Watson style computer-jockey sidekick named Mike.

The action begins when a casual visitor to Ten’s residence turns up dead. Just days after leaving the LAPD, Ten becomes immersed in unraveling the crime and adjusting to being an outsider to his former law-enforcement family. Subtly laced with drugs, sex, and ex-rockers, in addition to a compassionately rendered supporting cast, this one is a page turner with a broad potential audience.

With more books already in the pipeline for the Tenzing Norbu series, customers will want to get to know this new-millennium Magnum/Rockford-style gumshoe as soon as possible. Tell them not to wait for the movie; this is a perfect post-holiday indulgence.

Anna Jedrziewski

New York, NY

New Age Retailer

(soon to be Retailing Insight)

“Awareness and adventure go hand-in-hand in this wow of a whodunnit. It’s got plenty of surprising plot twists, but even better, it’s rich with insight into the complexity of human relationships and being alive in this modern-day world. What could be better?”
Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God

“Talk about a ‘perfect Ten!’ Savvy, sharp, and spiritual, Tenzing Norbu is one of the most compelling detectives I’ve encountered on the page. And The First Rule of Ten is a great introduction—a complicated, involving story that combines cults, crime, and Buddhist teachings to great effect.”

Alison Gaylin, Edgar-nominated author of Hide Your Eyes, Heartless, and You Kill Me

“Now this is a detective for the 21st century! Who could resist a former Buddhist monk who lives by the dharma, drives a vintage yellow Mustang, eats five-star vegan PB&J’s, and enjoys a close relationship with a sentient being named Tank—a blue Persian of a certain size? On the other hand, his relationships with beings of the human persuasion aren’t nearly so smooth. Which is great for a P.I.—no one messes with Ten—but lousy for romance. Tenzing Norbu is wholly original and very, very real—a great addition to detective fiction. The First Rule of Ten has really got me hooked!”

Julie Smith, author of the Skip Langdon series

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Hay House, Inc.
Publication date:
Tenzing Norbu Series, #1
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.84(d)


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The First Rule of Ten: Book One of the Dharma Detective Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 127 reviews.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
We meet Tenzing Norbu on a very bad day! He has been grazed by a bullet and he knows if he keeps it up, he'll be dead and definitely off the road to enlightenment that he has been following for years since he was a Tibetan monk. His life is turned even more upside down when a woman shows up in front of his home. She's a former druggie and cult follower now looking for an old friend, Zimmy. Ten, as he's called, puts her off and she sadly leaves, followed the next day by a messenger who announces she's been murdered. Ten's overwhelmed, to say the least and wonders why he's so off-track in being attuned to the whole person in front of him that he missed something wrong or chose to ignore the faint glimmer that might have saved her life - or might not have! The rest of the novel is a complex journey and mystery in which Ten explores quite a few obnoxious and shady characters associated with the cult, some very prosperous businessmen who seem to have a rather unique interest in the land owned by the cult and that owned by its neighbors, some innocent neighbors who seem to be falling prey to some lethal diseases and medical problems, and of course those who are assisting Ten with his research and technological needs. Add to that a soulful cat, Tank, and a pretty new girlfriend who begins to care but is put off very quickly by Ten's brusque occasional responses - but still hangs around... Change happens and how does one flow with the ups and downs of those vicissitudes without losing one's cool or as Ten would put it, flowing with the connections, dealing with the paradoxes, caring without getting in the way? To say more would be unfair, but this is a grand read that is fun, wise, thrilling, and quite different from the stereotypical mystery novel. This reviewer absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the next book in the series!!! Great story!
nippersun More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review. This is a wonderful find for someone who is always looking for a new author, I hope there are more books to follow , this Ten fellow would make a series that could entertain for years. In fact it would be a great movie. Can't wait to read the next book. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait until the next one!
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
Tenzing Norbu, or Ten, is a dectective for the LAPD. Although he is commonly believed to be the rising star of the squad, Ten is tired of the LAPD. Then he is grazed by a bullet while answering a call. As he says, that is a wake up call. Ten quits and decided to become a PI and go out on his own. He quickly finds out that going it alone is no safer than being a detective for the LAPD. What follows is a classic mystery in the vein of those by such as Earl Stanley Gardner, Sue Grafton, or Micheal Connelly. Interestingly, Mr. Hendricks credits the same authors for inspiring him. If he was trying to emulate them, he was a success. As a pleasant surprise, Hendricks and Lindsay have given their main character a little twist to set him apart from the myriad of PIs out there in fiction land. Ten spent his formative years in a Tibetan monastery being raised by the monks, one of which is his father. This experience gives Ten a different way of looking at things, which he uses in his everyday life in various ways. In addition, though, Ten is not just a spiritual person, but very human and imperfect in addition. Following his thought patterns and actions was a thouroughly enjoyable experience as I read through this book. Add to Ten a cast of characters ranging from an ex-con techie sidekick to Tank the persian blue cat that shares Ten's life and you have a story that will draw you in and keep you turning the pages wanting to know how it all turns out. A wonderful first book by both Hendricks and Lindsay. I understand that it is the first in what is to be a series of books with Ten as the protagonist. I certainly hope so. I am looking forward to reading more about Ten and his cohorts.
TheReadingFerret More than 1 year ago
Well paced, well written, good mystery that really made it enjoyable to watch the pieces click. Ten is a unique protagonist who is easy to get wrapped up in. He is very self-aware, and very very human. Still prone to mistakes, and not sure how to fix them right away. The book had plenty of places that made me laugh, and I very much enjoyed that a lot of the humor was sly, a little sideways, and a little sneaky, too. Some of the humor could easily slip past, but if you're watching, and you get it - you won't be able to keep from actually laughing uy loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries but this was way above many that i have read, excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first novel in the detective genre. I really enjoyed it! The characters were well developed. I especially like Ten. He is smart and delightfully unique. I read the book in one day! I eagerly await the Second Rule of Ten!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot and main character. Great read. Teaches you how to meditate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would have read it one sitting if I could have! Ten is my new favorite detective and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice to find a good mystery novel with a main character who is a very self-aware, meditating, vegetarian, praying buddhist monk. Not that he doesn't make mistakes or have plenty to learn! Love this and can't wait to read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first few pages of the sample and bought without hestation. I try not to read it quickly so it will last a while, I'm find this a challange. Well worth the very few dollars it cost! My only regret is that this appears to be the only book with Tenzing Norbu as our delightful hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, well developed main characters. I'm looking forward to the next book in what i hope is a long series.
thedish45 More than 1 year ago
i am looking forward to the second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing book
Yogjen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Loved the first chapter in the next book! Can't wait for it to be published! Ten is such a likable character and makes of his day what we all like to think we have the freedom to do: chase down new leads as they unfold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you interested from beginning to end. Although not one that keeps you guessing, there are a few surprises.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, good story !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting twist... A former Buddhist monk as a detective. Well drawn characters, good story. Made me want to know more about these people.
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LadyChauncy More than 1 year ago
Very good mystery. The characters are likeable and interesting. I will be purchasing more by this author.
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