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The Dead American by Jake Needham

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“Disneyland with the death penalty.” An apt description of Singapore. We wrap up Needham’s Inspector Tay with the fourth in the series, The Dead American. Inspector Tay simply cannot stay out of trouble. He is put on suspension at the…

The Umbrella Man by Jake Needham

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The Umbrella Man is the second novel in the Inspector Tay series by Jake Needham. This installment starts off with an explosion in downtown Singapore that leaves Inspector Tay in the hospital. Although it is immediately linked to terrorism and…

The Ambassador’s Wife by Jake Needham

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First novel in a new series by Jake Needham, Ambassador’s Wife introduces us to Inspector Samuel Tay, a police inspector in Singapore. Tay is a bright, capable police officer, but seems always a bit off by Singaporean standards; he can…

The King of Macau by Jake Needham

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King of Macau is the fourth and final novel in the Jack Shepherd series. Jack’s life and career have been completely destroyed and he is clearly trying to piece something of a meaningful existence out of the ashes. He ends…

Book Review: Laundry Man by Jake Needham

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There has been a neat little explosion of novels set in Thailand. Mostly written by expats and travelers, these novels largely focus on a Westerner’s experience in a country that is both delightful and alien at the same time. Christopher…

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

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Please forgive me for the month-long hiatus. It is cold here in Gifu and I have not been feeling very inspired to write much. I started reading a great book last week and so decided to push myself to post…