The Second Rule of Ten (Tenzing Norbu Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in the Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that ...

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

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Overview

Ex–Buddhist monk and ex–LAPD officer turned private eye Tenzing Norbu is back with a new case, a new love, and a whole new set of problems in this fresh installment in the Tenzing Norbu Mystery series.

In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv’s death. Cases and crises start to collide. When Ten mistakenly ignores his second rule, he becomes entangled in an unfortunate association with a Los Angeles drug cartel. As he fights to save those he loves, and himself, from the deadly gang, he also comes face to face with his own personal demons. Working through his anger at Bill, doubts about his latest lady love, and a challenging relationship with his father, Ten learns to see the world in a new light – and realizes that in every situation the truth is sometimes buried beneath illusion.

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The second of the "Tenzing Norbu, Dharma Detective" series (after The First Rule of Ten) finds private investigator Tenzing in the midst of new cases, a new love, and a family crisis. Can his past experiences as an LAPD officer and a Buddhist monk bring him enlightenment and answers to all of these troubles?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401941031
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Tenzing Norbu Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 35,195
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gay Hendricks is a best-selling author with more than 30 books to his credit. The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series, which began with The First Rule of Ten, is Hendricks’s first foray into fiction.

Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter and author who has written and produced a wide variety of books and films.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    I must say, Tenzing Norbu is my favorite new book character sin

    I must say, Tenzing Norbu is my favorite new book character since Dean Koontz "Odd Thomas". I was thrilled to be able to read this second book of the series and will be waiting (not so patiently) for the next!
    What a joy to get a peek inside the mind of a very nontraditional sleuth. I won't spoil the story for you, but we again find Tenzing involved in a complex mystery that touches places inside him, with some surprising results. There is even a chance at possible romance.....a trip to India and Tibet...as well as the many twists and turns of the stateside mystery that reaches back to WWII. If you have a longing for something other than a predictable, formula mystery, this is the book for you! What else could you expect from a hero that is both a retired LAPD detective and a retired Tibetan Monk? I wish I could say I read it slowly, savoring every moment, but no, I devoured it like a starving pilgrim at the end of a long fast..quickly and with great excitement and enjoyment!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great

    Loved it. Can't wait for the third rule.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Enjoyable Read!

    I read the First Rule of Ten, which I enjoyed very much. So of course I had to read the second of the series. I like this character and the modern story lines as he struggles to maintain his core values from his early days as a Buddhist monk to modern day LA investigator. Looking forward to the next read!

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    One of the best "series" I have read

    This is not your usual crime book series. This is the second book of the series about a Buddhist monk turned LA cop turned private investigator. Put all that experience in a hat and mix it up and you find the most wonderfully interesting character to hit the fiction bookshelves in a very long time. Tenzu (Ten) is invited to my dinner table any day of the week! I just cannot wait for the next installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Recommend

    What a lovely exposure to the melded consciousness of Tibet and CA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I wish more authors would explore Buddhism in fiction. Ten had a

    I wish more authors would explore Buddhism in fiction. Ten had a great story, but it was also filled with lessons all of us could use in life. 
    I hope when the Ten series are done, the authors will continue writing fiction with a Buddhist theme. 

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

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    Every now and then, a protagonist will grab my attention from t


    Every now and then, a protagonist will grab my attention from the very beginning and that is the case for me this time. Tenzing Norbu is a private detective (almost) that I would hire in a skinny minute and then I’d like to have a celebratory drink with him because I’m quite sure he’d find the answers I’d be looking for. Ten is, quite simply, a good man. He also has a fabulous 18-pound Persian named Tank. No, this feline doesn’t talk to Ten or do other fantastical things. He’s just a great cat.

    Ten is an ex-cop who was raised in India as a Tibetan Buddhist monk and learned to love detecting by reading contraband mysteries as a teen, especially the hardboiled kind. Much of this background, along with why he’s now living a modern life in Los Angeles, influences his thoughts, his moves, his decisions, and this has a lot to do with why I find him so interesting and so unique in the crime fiction world.

    Helping out as a police consultant on a death with few answers and working on a windfall case of his own should be enough to keep a man busy but Ten is also trying his best to develop a relationship with a certain attractive woman and deal with a personal situation that takes him back to his unhappy past. As painful as it is, though, it’s his past that makes Ten the man he is, a man I like very much.

    Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay have created a rather unusual and appealing detective and a series that I will gladly follow wherever it leads. I’m already wondering what the third rule of Ten might be but I guess I’ll have to wait till next winter to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    Wish I'd discovered this series after they'd all been written. EXCRUCIATING waiting for The Third Rule Of Ten! Lots of layers of truth, direction, and life tips if you have the eyes and ears to see and hear them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Loved it!!

    I love the twists and turns! The story line with the dichotomies in the lead characters life is wonderfully written. One can really feel in this book. I love that the character is real and also spiritual. Great read!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Hard to put down

    Enjoyed both rules of Ten. Looking forwaard to #3.

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  • Posted January 6, 2013

    Excellent

    This is even better than the first book. The mystery is very good, challenging to solve. The detective, Ten, is an ex Buddhist Monk who has a lot of personal insights, based on the teachings of Buddha.
    I highly recommend this for the mystery and for the insights!

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