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Inspector Zhang And The Falling Woman (a short story) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Inspector Zhang of the Singapore Police Force is horrified when a woman falls to her death in front of him one evening. But what seems to be a simple case of suicide soon becomes a much more complicated affair and one that will test his detective skills to the limit.

This is a short story, just over 9,000 words, equivalent to about 30 pages. A perfect read if you have half an hour or so to kill.

I have also included the first few chapters of another detective story set in Asia - Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon.

Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992, he has sold more than three million copies and his books are published in more than ten languages.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 153 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (6 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Recently I have made a very nice, new acquaintance: Detective Inspector Zhang, Singhapora Polis. He is a well-educated, polite gentleman of the old-fashioned kind.
And he resolves his crimes - always a closed-room one - the way that clearly reminds me of Monsieur Poirot - whom he admits to adore ...
Effective, with his female sidekick Sergeant Lee, he strikes when the culprit feels himself yet on the sure side.
And he makes it with the help of 'ze small grey zells'.

This time, returning from the candle-lobster-and-champagne dinner in honour of their 30th anniversary of matrimony Detective Inspector Shang and his beloved wife are the testimonies of a young woman's suicide jump down from the 10th floor of a building.
It seems a open-and-shut case until, yes until the coroner comes with a very but very very big surprise:

Buy it, read it - it's worth that cup of coffee that costs!

In addition there's the beginning of Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon - a Bangkok based gumshoe crime I recently read and reviewed, too.

Stephen Leather is THE great Britisch contemporary thriller writer! Before he began to write full-time in 1992, he was for over 10 Years a journalist who wrote for 'The Times, 'The Daily Mail' and the 'South China Morning Post' in Hongkong. He is also valued one of the most acclaimed connaisseurs of the Far East and the author of numerous bestsellers all around the globe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Singaporean Detective rides again 10 Aug. 2014
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Another in the long list of short story mysteries featuring Inspector Zhang - by prolific mass-market author Stephen Leather (supremely unpopular to many other crime writers since his admission to writing anonymous online reviews of his own books) so I feel ambivalent allowing myself even to read these.
I like the old fashioned style and dry wit of the Inspector and the comic interplay with his wife and his sidekick, the young Sgt Lee. Reminds me of the Charlie Chan stories.
I did guess the perpetrator early on, as I have in many other stories but not the reason for the crime. Still it is perfectly fine for a 20 min sit-down read whilst waiting for plane or train.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its okay 18 Sept. 2013
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its a book to read on a plane or train.
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as i do not have a degree in anything i find it hard to find enough words to complete this review.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impossible mystery 9 July 2011
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The conscientious Inspector Zhang has celebrated his thirtieth wedding anniversary by taking his delicate & slim wife out for a meal. A woman appears to commit suicide by jumping from a building and the body lands right in front of the Inspector and his wife after they leave the restaurant.

Murder is rare in Singapore where the Inspector is based but suicide is common. However, there is indeed an impossible mystery for the Inspector to solve.

This is the second Inspector Zhang mystery I've read and I find they are very cleverly written tales - this one is around 16,000 words and the easy gentle style of writing meant I read it in just under an hour.

Priced at less than the cost of the daily newspaper I bought this morning, it held my attention far more and actually gave me a more interesting read than most of the news items!

If you want a quick easy read, then this will certainly keep you entertained.

There is also the bonus of the first few chapters of Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 14 Mar. 2015
By Scot
Format:Kindle Edition
Just read this story as part of a box set so thought I would leave a review hear as well.

This is another very enjoyable and well written short story by Stephen Leather who never fails to impress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Zhang and the Falling Woman 9 April 2014
By bam
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Loved the characters in this fast moving exciting story. Inspector Zhang is my kind of detective. He notices everything and misses nothing. Stephen Leather is a master story teller
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant classic detective story 4 April 2013
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I read this as I am a huge Stephen Leather fan and I have to say it was a delight to read and is a truly classis detective shory story and great fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 April 2014
By me
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This was a good book to take on holiday as you can put it down and return to it at any time
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