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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (7 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814625000
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814625005
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Stephen Leather (Bangkok, Thailand) is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers with numerous bestsellers in print and ebook form, and translated into more than ten languages. Before becoming a fulltime author, Leather was a journalist on newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Mail in the UK and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.


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While I love Stephen Leather for his Spider books, this is a complete change of pace. Inspector Zhang is an inspector with the Singapore police, with a penchant for Poirot. Given the crime rate in Singapore he doesn't get much call to use the little grey cells, but when he does he grabs it with both hands.
This is a collection of 8 short stories as the inspector tries to solve some of the more unusual crimes. It's very laid back, but jolly good fun.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2014
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I bought these as short e-books in the order they came out and this is a paperback collection of those stories. And I have to say this is a very well produced book that has a high quality look and feel.
These are fun stories, variations of locked door mysteries that are easy and entertaining to read but also get you thinking a little. Have to say I only guessed the mystery/solution in one of the eight so a lot of thought has gone into these to make them clever and challenging.
Having a main character that comes from a different culture takes you out of your comfort zone in your expectations of how you expect a detective to behave, Zhang is quiet and dignified but a very believable individual.
The Zhang books are the author having fun and inviting you to share in that fun and, to be honest, it's hard not to.
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Something of a departure for Mr Leather, who normally writes fast-paced thrillers with a high body-count.

This is gentler fare, taken more slowly as Inspector Zhang uses the methods of the great classical fictional detectives to solve crimes in his native Singapore (apart from the Inspector's one visit to Harrogate, which brings him into contact with some very strange characters). They are usually variants of the "locked-room" mystery genre, and are short enough to read in about 30 minutes each.

The Inspector and his trusty female Sergeant are endearing characters, and the Singapore background is nicely sketched. The puzzles vary in their complexity and the plausibility of the solutions, but that's all part of the fun, as is the occasional lesson for readers who are less familiar with some of the best writers in the genre.

I bought and read all of these when they came out individually, but this collection is a great (and inexpensive) way of getting them all together. I hope there'll be more of Inspector Zhang to come...maybe even a novel?
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By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Oct. 2014
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A light read from Mr leather were the main character, Inspector Zhang, relishes mysteries as there are few in his native Singapore. In these endeavours he is ably assisted by his sometimes naive and sometimes all knowing Sergeant Lee.

Zhang's hero is Poirot and Zhang himself is like an exaggerated version of Poirot and Zhang even gets to solve a mystery in Harrogate which was closely associated with Agatha Christie for a time.

Light hearted but well worth the read and anyway it is good to have a bit of frivolity in your life..
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These books just show what a multi talented author Stephen Leather is. It is such a different genre to his Spider Shepherd and Jack Nightingale novels but they are not any less readable.
Zhang, to me, is a Singaporean Hercule Poirot.
I can only recommend that people buy this book whether they like the authors previous books or they are reading his work for the first time.
Highly recommended.
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This is a compilation of some fascinating short stories that I have read over the last couple of years. These locked room mysteries are a joy to read and certainly keep you guessing right to the end of each one. It's good that you can now have them in one volume rather than scattered across your Kindle cloud storage!
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