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The Shadow Walker [Kindle Edition]

Michael Walters
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in a country struggling to come to terms with the legacy of its past and the promise of its future, The Shadow Walker is a gripping thriller that introduces Inspector Nergui of the Mongolian Serious Crime squad.

As winter's first snow falls on Ulan Baatar, the mutilated body of a British geologist is found in the city's most expensive hotel, apparently the fourth victim of a serial killer. With political pressure to solve the crimes mounting, Negrui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad, is ordered back to his former role, building an uneasy working relationship with his successor and protégé, Doripalam, and with Drew McLeish, a senior British CID officer sent out to support the investigation.

But the murders continue - leading the officers through the disused factories of the decaying city, out on to the steppes among nomadic herdsmen and illegal gold prospectors, and down into the barren landscapes of the Gobi. And then McLeish himself is kidnapped.

With political tensions mounting and time draining away, Nergui and Doripalam piece together a case that encompasses both personal tragedy and shadowy commercial interests in Mongolia's vast mineral and energy reserves. And, finally, in a long-abandoned warehouse amongst the decaying Soviet-era factories of Ulan Baatar, Nergui comes face to face with the only figure who can bring the story to its shattering conclusion.

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“Compulsive reading and the descriptions of Mongolia are richly enjoyable. I look forward to another bloodthirsty visit with Nergui as my guide.” The Independent

Walters cuts between the search and the gagged victim with nail-biting skill… compulsive reading.' Independent

Walters ably brings his uncommon setting to teeming life.' The Guardian

The Guardian

Walters ably brings his uncommon setting to teeming life

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425222330
  • Publisher: Quercus; New Ed edition (15 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VOLLV0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael was educated in Nottingham and at Cambridge University. After leaving university, he worked in management roles in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking, before moving into management consultancy. Having worked for various global practices, he now runs his own specialist consultancy working in the UK and abroad. His consultancy work in recent years has specialised in various aspects of the criminal justice sector, including police, prisons and probation, as well as various public bodies including parliaments in the UK and abroad. He now lives near Manchester with his three sons.

Michael has published three crime novels set in Mongolia, The Shadow Walker, The Adversary and The Outcast, as well as a number of non-fiction books. His most recent book, written as Alex Walters, is Trust No One, the first in a new series set in and around Manchester and featuring the undercover officer, Marie Donovan. The second book in series, Nowhere to Hide, will be published in November. His fiction draws heavily on his experiences of working with criminal justice organisations in both the UK and overseas. His Mongolian books have been likened to 'Inspector Morse re-written by John Le Carre and set in Mongolia', and were described in The Independent as 'compulsive reading' . His new book has been called 'a constant page-turner' by London Confidential magazine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A credible first book 7 Jan. 2007
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Although there is crime in Ulan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, finding a corpse missing it's head and hands is far from normal. Negrui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad is ordered back to his former role with instructions to clear the case immediately. When the fourth victim is a British geologist, senior British CID officer Drew McLeish is sent to work with Negrui and his successor, Doripalam. The trail leads them through the capital city, to the steppes and into the Gobi desert trying to learn the connection between the killings when Drew is kidnapped.

Walker does a wonderful job of bringing the reader to present day Mongolia. His descriptions of the country, the contrasts in cultures and the winter season are so well done. It was fascinating to read a story set in a country about which I'd never given much thought. The characters of Negrui and Drew balanced well; neither was overbearing and I liked that both seemed a bit out of their depth. It was interesting to have Negrui be the lead character. The story flowed well; I certainly read it straight through, but the plot didn't completely hold together. There were incidents not really explained, the end felt very abrupt and the motive behind the crimes detracted from the suspense of the story. I found this a very credible first book, well worth reading for the setting alone, and look forward to Walker's second book.
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By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
The words on the cover under the title read: "Murder at the edge of the world" - and Mongolia is indeed a pretty remote spot for most of us. THE SHADOW WALKER opens in standard fashion, with the discovery of a dead body by a drunk staggering home after a long night, but the author quickly establishes his niche when the location is revealed as Ulan Bataar, the country's capital. The police cannot identify the corpse (the head and hands have been removed), then more bodies are found, all unidentifiable, with seemingly no connection between the victims. Could this be the work of Mongolia's first serial killer?
One person is following the crimes with interest - Nergui, ex-senior policeman, now promoted to the Ministry of Justice. Bored with the politics of his new desk job, he studies each crime-scene report, and is mostly pleased when his boss, the Minister himself, assigns him to solve the murders. Nergui's doubts concern working with his old police colleagues, most of whom are said to be unintelligent and involved in petty corruption to ease the burden of living in a relatively impoverished country, and who are jealous or suspicious of Nergui's success. Luckily, Inspector Doripalam is in charge of the police investigation and (like Nergui) neither stupid nor corrupt, so despite some tensions and rivalries, the two men collaborate. A rather touching friendship develops, mutual professional respect growing as the sense of rivalry recedes.
When an Englishman is killed in his hotel room in what could be a related murder, an experienced British detective, Inspector Drew McLeish, is sent from Manchester to "advise" the locals - though after an initial meeting with the British Ambassador, Drew is not sure whose interests he is there to protect.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tourist's guide to Mongolia 30 Aug. 2010
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
If you wanted to learn something about Mongolia and throw in a series of brutal murders, all you need to do is put a British Chief Inspector in your story and send him out there to help solve the crimes.

The author did just that and now I know a little more about the workings of Mongolia, except that the fly in this ointment is that the CI didn't solve anything. He did travel around the place and what a dismal spot it appears to be.

The lead character, Nergui, is interesting enough but, I feel he is not strong enough to hold the book together. Frankly, this murder investigation could have taken place almost anywhere and, if you replaced this travel guide with another, you wouldn't know the difference. Nergui has his superiors on his back, he relies on a stalwart assistant to point him in the right direction and, for a change, there is no love interest. In fact, I can't recall a single female in the book, except by reference (the CI's wife, for example, five thousand miles away) - ah, apologies, one of the dark horses does have his wife with him at a dinner at the British Embassy. This doesn't, of course, reduce the storyline, it just seems to make the whole event rather limp (no pun intended).

I believe this is a debut novel, so I would imagine the author can build on this but whether I would want to read anything else about the Mongolian police force - or, indeed, their way of life - is another matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-socialist life in Asia 12 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An enjoyable work of fiction set in the world where communism (post-Soviet) and capitalism (globalisation) meet. From my perspective I enjoyed the short sections that explain life in Mongolia (a former Soviet republic) after the fall of the communist party in 1991. I felt that the author tried to explain the legacy of the Soviet mindset and the sense of loss/opportunity that citizens of Mongolia and Central Asia feel and experience today. I think this work of fiction would appeal to students and scholars of (post-Soviet) Asian societies.
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