The First Rule of Ten is Book #1 in the Dharma Detective series of Tenzing Norbu mysteries by bestselling author Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay. I fell in love with the book cover and publisher’s promo synopsis. Once I realized how good the novel was, I approached the publisher about doing a giveaway and they agreed. So one lucky reader is going to get a copy of The First Rule of Ten!
This is a novel (no pun intended) concept for a mystery series and I love it! Take a Buddhist monk, move him to Los Angeles, put him on the LAPD and then have him become a private investigator. How unusual is that? Tenzing (Ten) Norbu is one of those characters you quickly fall for and want to keep reading about long after the novel ends. If you liked Magnum PI or Rockford Files then you’ll love Ten!
Because Tenzing Norbu’s father was a Tibetan monk, Ten spent most of his time while growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Dharamshala and only part of the time in Paris with his mother. As a child, he secretly dreamed of becoming like Sherlock Holmes. He felt the monastery limited the way he could contribute in life, so he requested a transfer to a Buddhist center in Los Angeles. There he worked with youth and taught meditation, but he still dreamed of being a modern-day detective so he joined the LAPD.
When The First Rule of Ten opens, Ten has been with the LAPD for ten years. His first rule is that if you ignore intuitive tickles, they will reappear as sledgehammers. Despite knowing this is true, he has been ignoring his intuitive tickles about leaving LAPD, and they have indeed become sledgehammers he can’t ignore any more.
“Rule Number One is this: If you’re open to learning, you get your life lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues – boom! Sledgehammer. Or in this case the mangled slug of a .45 automatic.”
Ten finally decides to go with the flow, so he leaves the police force and strikes out on his own as a modern-day Tibetan monk cum Sherlock Holmes, operating from his bungalow in Topanga Canyon. He realizes he will never be happy unless he follows his long-standing dream of being a private investigator. He feels if it’s meant to be then it will unfold naturally. Little does he know how naturally and how quickly he will be up to his ears in several convoluted and inter-connected cases.
“I gave myself six months. A lot can happen in six months, right? As it turned out, a lot can happen in 24 hours.”
Ten is a very unique protagonist. He lives with his cat, Tank, who rules the house as any self-respecting cat does. He also has an ex-girlfriend who is known only as “she-who-hates-cats” – nuff said. There is plenty of action in The First Rule of Ten, with lots of twists and turns; however, Ten, like Holmes, uses deductive reasoning along with intuitive insight in his work. His respect for and kindness toward others make him a rare but wonderful detective who you are going to fall in love with.
“’Hey, Tank,’ I called out to my favorite feline, curled up on his cushion. He opened one eye. ‘Guess what? She-who-hates-cats is getting married.’ Tank’s tail flicked once. He was pleased. So was I. Relief and something bordering on glee flooded through me. Now and forever, there would always be a buffer somebody else she could blame for everything being wrong with her life, before she got around to blaming me.”
You don’t expect a mystery novel to put you in touch with what is best in you or your fellow man but this one will. As I said, it’s a rare type of story that bends the genre in a unique way. Warning: If you’re like me, you will get addicted and won’t be able to put it down – oh yes, and you will want to read the whole series once you’ve read Book #1.
The First Rule of Ten will be released on January 1, 2012, so it can probably be pre-ordered at your favorite bookseller below. Just click the button to go there to get it.
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1 lucky reader will receive a copy of The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay!
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