- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hay House Visions (3 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781802718
- ISBN-13: 978-1781802717
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Third Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery (Dharma Detective 3) Paperback – 3 Feb 2014
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A fast-paced thriller with a heart. Great storyline, refreshingly different characters and dazzling insights when you least expect them. (David Michie, author of The Dalai Lama's Cat)
Tenzing 'Ten' Norbu may be the most interesting PI in modern crime fiction. The Third Rule of Ten, the third book in the series, is beautifully written and intricately plotted, but as always, it's the heart and soul of Ten that carry the greatest appeal, drawing the reader on a spiritual journey that is as satisfying as the climax. I loved this book. (Robert Ferrigno, New York Times best-selling author of the Assassin trilogy)
The Third Rule of Ten will grab you by the throat and not let go. In Tenzing Norbu, Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay have created a Buddhist action hero (yes, there is such a thing) who is sympathetic, moral, and self-reflective. Crackling with wit, superbly drawn characters, and a blistering plot,
The Third Rule of Ten will keep you going until you take a deep, meditative breath on the last page.
I loved it! (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart)
About the Author
Gay Hendricks is a bestselling author with more than 30 books to his credit. The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series, which began with The First Rule of Ten, is Hendricks's first foray into fiction.
Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter and author who has written and produced a wide variety of books and films.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ten has clients, thanks to a middle-aged movie star Mac Gannon. Mac asks Ten to help Betts McMurtry find her housekeeper who is missing. Once he starts the investigation, he finds all sorts of odd connections.
Then Ten has his own private life to deal with because of an abundance of secrets—both personal and professional, This creates feelings of sorrow and confusion for Ten.. He and his present girlfriend who is a pathologist are growing apart but he just can’t tell her it’s over. He has just returned from his father’s funeral and is dealing with that loss. He still has connections with monks from his time when he was one and he Skype’s with them to help clear his mind.
The book deals with politics, black market organ sales, untraceable prescription drugs, and an abundance of lies. The really shocking fact comes when Ten discovers the ring leader is a criminal who Ten has gone up against before.
The phrase “on the edge of your seat” definitely describes this book and I found myself reading when I should have long been asleep. I will have to go and get the first two books just to satisfy my “in order” need!
And just as in the Golden Age of Zen, it can be said that a long procession of dead bodies follows in the wake of private -eye Tenzig "Ten" Norbu in Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay's "The Third Rule of Ten". However, the trail of bodies that surrounds Ten is but one element that propels this story. The other element is Ten's response to his role in the bodies that drop all around him.
For those new to this series, Ten is the son of a young American woman and an older Tibetan monk who the mother met on a journey to Tibet. After the parents' divorce, Ten was raised by his father in a Buddhist monastery. Ten left the monastery, made his way to Los Angeles and the LAPD where he rose to the rank of detective before leaving the force to become a private-eye. As I read this synopsis I cannot help but think of how far-fetched this may sound but, after having read the first three books in the series I can say that the concept actually works much better than it sounds. It all seems entirely natural and by the time you get into the books the incongruity of it all melts away. In fact, Ten's early spiritual life and his rather more earthy and visceral career as a cop and detective provides a nice point/counter-point, an emotional dissonance that adds a great deal to the story.
The plot is rather complicated and revealing anything more than its bare bones would reveal too much to the reader. Simply stated, Ten is asked to find a wealthy woman's live-in maid who has gone missing. The woman is politically connected, think of a L.A. based Sarah Palin and the maid's immigration status is somewhat murky.Read more ›
We have seen all sorts of backgrounds for heroes in crime novels but this one is definitely different. Ten (Tenzing) is an ex-Buddhist monk from Tibet who has also been a police officer but is now a private investigator whose clients are usually among the rich people of America. The Buddhist touch was unusual and added a different angle to Ten's decisions about what he did and how he handled matters. I enjoyed the bits where we saw his moral dilemmas and how he made decisions about what to do - it added depth to his character. Although I liked Ten and his issues I was slightly more concerned by the appalling way in which he treated his friends - waking them up at all hours and demanding one favour after another without any reciprocation that I could see.
The story starts with a missing maid and escalates into issues about immigration and drugs and onward into more organised crime. It has to be said that the final plot, when completely uncovered, seemed a little far fetched to me, but maybe I am naive. The way in which the investigation was carried out all made sense (especially due to the number of friends Ten has to do him favours) and there were some interesting twists.
This is a satisfying crime novel with an unusual hero. I enjoyed it a lot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice gentle read, with some basic philosophy, but having read two in the series before this some of it is a bit samey.Published 18 months ago by Frances
Its almost as if the authors tried to concoct a "different" PI character and Norbu does have his quirks but he just didn't work for me. Read morePublished on 26 May 2014 by Mr S R Fraser
The rules of Ten books are who-done it books with some Buddhist thinking attached and for me this makes it irresistiblePublished on 18 Mar. 2014 by Hilary Sweetman
I like Ten! Especially I liked the colorful cocktail of private detective Ten's person and his relationship issues with her girlfriend + constant reminders of the benefits of... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2014 by Satu T. Valkama
Once again another Ten out of Ten! Loved this book. It was fast paced and the characters were well developed and the plot really enjoyable! Highly recommended!Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by Jase