A must-read! As with its predecessor, The First Rule of Ten, the story successfully crafts a murder mystery that is wholly plausible yet unpredicted by the reader. At the same time it subtly wears as an unintended (?) self-improvement book simply through reader identification with the main character, Tenzing Norbu (Ten, for short). I feel I am able to approach my own regular daily life in a more mindful way, because I have viewed Ten’s. I picked this story up for the mystery, yet am also carrying away its Mystery!
Although an ex-monk, Ten is also an ex-cop. He is now further into creating his life as a private investigator, yet maintains his Buddhist principles. The result is a very human individual with integrity, going about his business of figuring out life–which reads very well!
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, modern-day police procedurals are not my favorite form of mystery fiction–I prefer the historical aspect rather than drugs, gangs, and f-bombs–but I am hopelessly addicted to this Dharma Detective! Again, it’s the winning combination of a thoroughly enjoyable character and an intelligent challenge of a puzzle! I’m glad to see that a Third Rule of Ten is in the works, it can’t arrive fast enough for me. Boy, I hope there will be more than ten….
A Hollywood director’s murder. The possibility of a love interest relationship. Gang warfare. Attending to friendships. Crime scenes. Father-son dynamics. Tattoo parlors and car chases. Mindfulness and presence. Sex, drugs, and meditation retreats–this story has it all, and you won’t be disappointed!
Those who like mysteries will love this puzzle. Those who enjoy character exploration will devour this authenticity. Although reading the first book is not necessarily a prerequisite for reading this second one, you are really gonna want to just for the sheer joy of the whole story experience! (Oh fine, read the first one after you read the second one if you want!)
Hay House graciously gave me a copy of this book simply in return for my honest opinion of it. Little did they know I’ve been waiting for this to be released ever since I read the first one on my own when it debuted! Now I’m in the same boat for the third…. What would Ten say about patience?! Read the books!