Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing: Number 6 in series Paperback – 5 Sep 2013
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It is impossible not to warm to Inspector Singh. We should cherish him (Daily Mail)
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Justin Chan the 23-year old son of the first secretary at the Singapore Embassy in China has been murdered. Chinese security believes it was a robbery gone wrong. The young man’s mother isn’t satisfied. Inspector Singh has been sent to solve the crime hopefully without causing an international incident.
We open with fear, danger, and many questions. The contrast from that, to meeting inspector Singh and his wife is very well executed. Still another shift leaves one impressed by how effectively Flint changes both the scene and the tone of the story.
Finch has such a captivating voice one finds oneself wanting to read and share passages with someone else - "A murder investigation was not laser-like in its intensity, following a certain path to the truth. It was a bright white beam that lit up hidden corners and dark where the family skeletons where hidden." She also adds just the right touch of the metaphysical--"She flinched at his words and the hairs on Singh’s neck stood up along the base of his turban. Suddenly, it was as if was a presence in the room, erase come to demand did the policeman from Singapore do his duty and not be so keen to accept the official version of the events."
Injections of subtle humor, often as part of Singh's narrative, are a delightful offset to the story—“Singh's stomach growled its concurrence before he had a chance to speak... He decided that, remarkably, he was prepared to eat more Chinese food. What was happening to him? Next, have to call himself a food tourist and write a travel book.Read more ›
At the centre is the corpulent Inspector with his enjoyment of drinking, eating and smoking, his turban and pristine tennis shoes, and his sharp mind and great determination. Singh is not on good terms with his long-suffering boss Superintendent Chen who is only too keen to dispatch him to foreign countries where he works unofficially with local members of the police force.
He has been asked to investigate the violent death of Justin Tan by his mother, who is First Secretary at the Singapore Embassy. Singh is assisted by Li Jun, a former policeman who retired after falling foul of party members; his background allows comparisons between China under Mao and ‘Modernism’ to be drawn. Part of the pleasure of the duo is their quoting aphorisms to sum up the situations in which they find themselves.
Justin was part of an investigation into corrupt land development schemes being led by Professor Luo Gan who is also an adherent of the outlawed falun gong. Soon the author presents us with evidence of dodgy deals and sexual shenanigans involving the highest families, all of whom are protected by the police and their shadowy special forces equivalents.
Singh’s challenge is to find out what really happened to Justin and to other characters who are killed during the story without his deportation or Li’s being taken away for ‘re-education through labour’ and likely death.Read more ›
I enjoyed to usual twists but found some of the content haunting ,not to be forgotten.
Am looking forward to future books.
Great for anyone who has travelled to the countries she stes her stories in!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant as always -difficult to put down. DI Singh is a great detective, as we always get his view on life, including food stops!Published 3 months ago by DaveJ
You need a strong stomach for the descriptions but if you can take it this is yet another triumph in the tale of an unlikely hero.Published 19 months ago by Brenda Galloway
Cannot cope with the chinese character names that is I cannot remember them so have given up on page 22Published on 31 Oct. 2013 by Mr. B. SPINK