Genre: International suspense (IDK if that's a genre. We can just go with awesome detective story!)
Synopsis: The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy.
Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously and shot in the head. Both stripped naked and lewdly displayed.
The FBI says it’s terrorism, but the whispers on the street tell a different story. A serial killer may be stalking American women all across Asia.
Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID is something of a reluctant policeman. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. He talks about quitting all the time, but he hasn’t. Because the thing is, he’s very, very good at what he does.
When bodies of American women start turning up, Singapore CID calls in Inspector Tay. It’s a high profile case, and he’s the best they have.
Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women’s killer? Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID.
When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim.
My Take: This is a very big book, but it is worth every second! I love Detective Samuel Tey. Absolutely adore his attitude, his back bone, and his loyalty. I was a bit confused at the reveal, but then I figured it out. I love when books treat people like they are smart and give all the nitty gritty while leaving us to actually piece things together, not be paraded by the nose like a bull to the obvious conclusion. No, this has some lovely twists, turns, unexpected happenings, and a deliciously appropriate end. I truly look forward to more Samuel Tey adventures in the near future... once I'm allowed to buy books again. Darn book allowance!
If you like an international man of mystery, this isn't the book for you. But if you like hard-working cops with a need for the truth and justice, then you will love Samuel Tey as much as I do.