Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. His plotting is top-notch, and his writing is exquisitely fine. But maybe none of that really matters, because he’s very, very good at what he does. The second is in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment near the American embassy.
THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 1 #ad - They say a serial killer is stalking American women in Asia. Singapore cid assigns the case to Inspector Samuel Tay. Tay is something of a reluctant policeman. Both american women, both viciously beaten and shot in the head. So why is it, that nobody seems to want him to find the women's killer? Not the American ambassador, Tay soon begins to wonder, not the FBI, not even his bosses at CID.
When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much.
THE UMBRELLA MAN: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 2Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured. And the third peeled the front off of the Grand Hyatt. Jake needham is asia’s most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction. The singapore straits times“needham writes so you can smell the spicy street food mingling with the traffic jams, the sweat, and the garbage.
Libris reviewsthe first BOMB cracked the Hilton like an egg. The second gutted the lobby of the Marriott. He has some serious enemies in singapore’s internal security Department and he has even more enemies at the American embassy, so Tay is assigned routine cases while his colleagues join with the CIA and the FBI in a feverish search for the bombers.
Three days after the explosions, the smell of death still sticky in the city’s air, Tay is sent to a run-down apartment near the Malaysian border where two children have found the body of a Caucasian male with a broken neck. Singapore is bleeding. Inspector samuel tay is a senior inspector in the Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID, but he is frozen out of the investigation from the beginning.
THE UMBRELLA MAN: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 2 #ad - A long-dead father he can barely remember reaches out of the grave to point to the truth about both the murdered man and the bombings. And the horror of singapore’s destruction becomes a personal horror for Samuel Tay. Tay feels an immediate connection with the dead man, although he doesn’t think he has seen him before.
As tay searches the dead man’s past for clues to who he was and who his killer might have been, Tay’s own past begins to give up its secrets.
THE DEAD AMERICAN: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 6Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - It certainly won’t help him get his job back to challenge the government’s official narrative about the death of Tyler Bartlett. Disneyland with the death penalty, somebody once called it. A young american software engineer hangs himself in his Singapore apartment. Jake needham’s the real deal. If tay does find out, won’t that make him worth killing, too?
Emma lazar, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, thinks otherwise. Tay is a senior inspector in the elite Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID. Highly, highly recommended. Brendan dubois, new york times bestselling author with james patterson of the FIRST LADY “Jake Needham’s Samuel Tay books have been successful in seriously irritating the powers that be in Singapore to the point that they are no longer available in that miniature, self-obsessed republic.
THE DEAD AMERICAN: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 6 #ad - Tay shot a man and everyone knows it was self-defense, but Tay’s enemies have seized on the incident and are trying to get rid of him once and for all. Tay really doesn’t want to get involved in helping Emma Lazar with her story. But the writer’s determination tickles his curiosity, and… well, the truth is he’s bored and she’s beautiful so he does it anyway.
Learning that tyler Bartlett’s death was no suicide is easy enough for Tay. He’s pretty much the best investigator the singapore police have, but Tay’s father was an American and from him Tay inherited a strong streak of American individualism that has made him an outsider in relentlessly regulated and tightly wound little Singapore.
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Thousands were killed and injured. Tay is given two officers to work with him: his own sergeant, Robbie Kang, and Sergeant Linda Lee, a capable officer with whom Tay once had a disastrous and blessedly brief personal relationship. Most people think Suparman was personally responsible for the Singapore hotel bombings.
THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW: A Samuel Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 8 #ad - Jake needham deftly morphs 1930s American Sam Spade into Samuel Tay, a world-weary twenty-first-century Singaporean homicide detective. Libris reviews “Needham certainly knows where a few bodies are buried. NbspAsia Inc. Singapore is a good house in a bad neighborhood. Three hundred million muslims live in Indonesia and Malaysia completely surrounding the barely five million people living in the secular city-state.
When singapore receives a tip that suparman is slipping into the country to meet a sister having cancer surgery, Inspector Samuel Tay gets the job of finding him before something nasty happens. It seems at first to be a straightforward assignment. All they have to do is keep the sister under surveillance until she leads them to Suparman, right?But things go bad.
AND BROTHER IT'S STARTING TO RAIN: An August and Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 11Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - It wasn’t entirely his idea, but that’s another story. This time, tay is going up against people who may be too powerful to be exposed, however, people who know exactly how to protect themselves. They'll kill sam Tay if he gets too close to the truth. If there's a living writer whose work makes me think of the great Raymond Chandler, it's Jake Needham.
James david audlin, author of the train“thrillers written with a wry sense of irony in the mean-streets, fast-car, tough-talk tradition of Elmore Leonard. Needham has found acclaim as one of the best-selling English-language writers in Asia. Singapore todaysamuel TAY has retired from Singapore CID. He’s the kind of man who lives to blow away the smoke and break the mirrors.
AND BROTHER IT'S STARTING TO RAIN: An August and Tay Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 11 #ad - Tay doesn’t want to go to washington since he doesn’t like Americans very much, but he’s onto a murder plot that lies right at the heart of the American intelligence establishment, and Washington is where all the answers are. He’s an american who may or may not do something for the CIA. He’s a cop, there’s a woman who knows who tried to kill august, not a spy — well, at least he used to be a cop — but he’s bored and curious so how can he resist? Apparently, he keeps telling himself, and that’s a good place to start if only Tay can figure out who she actually is.
He needs tay’s help to investigate a homicide. Whose homicide?’ Tay asks. Mine, ’ August tells him.
LAUNDRY MAN: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 4Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - Coerced into helping his old partner track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse, Shepherd follows a twisting trail of deceit from Manila to Hong Kong to Bangkok and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.
A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles a global tide of corruption, extortion, and murder that threatens to destroy the new life he has made for himself in Thailand. If there's a living writer whose work makes me think of the great Raymond Chandler, it's Jake Needham.
LAUNDRY MAN: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 4 #ad - James david audlin, author of THE TRAIN"Jake Needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice. The bangkok postonce a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.
Or is he? a secretive asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances and a former law partner Shepherd thought was dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank.
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Marshals are in phuket, too, and they need Shepherd’s help as well. Everything had been going pretty well for him there, too, at least it had until the day he walked into a bar on the jet-set island of Phuket and found the world’s most famous fugitive waiting for him. Plato karsarkis was an international celebrity straight out of Vanity Fair until a New York grand jury indicted him for smuggling Iraqi oil and charged him with racketeering and money laundering.
KILLING PLATO: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 5 #ad - All shepherd wants is for everybody to go away and leave him alone. The gritty and taut killinG PLATO is 100% unadulterated attitude. The singapore straits times“Jake Needham is a classic master of crime, intrigue, and edgy thrillers. James grady, new york times best-selling author of six days of the CONDORJack Shepherd was a politically connected American lawyer until he traded the fierce intrigues of Washington for the quiet life of a college professor in Thailand.
. The marshals want shepherd to set a trap for Karsarkis so they can grab him and drag him back to New York.
A WORLD OF TROUBLE: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 7Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - Needham displays an insider's knowledge of Thailand that may make some people here uncomfortable. The bangkok Post“Mr. It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to his supporters and intends to use the Thai army to seize control of the country. He rules an international corporate empire and controls billions in personal assets.
So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Needham seems to know rather more than one ought about these things. The wall street journaljack shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a little sick of himself. A world of trouble is one terrific novel.
A WORLD OF TROUBLE: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 7 #ad - When he’s not making money, he’s plotting his return to political power in Thailand. For shepherd, that could be a problem. But he’s also a former Thai prime minister now living in exile in Dubai. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd may be the only person on earth who can stop it. Thailand already has a prime minister, and she's a woman with whom Shepherd once had a brief relationship.
Charlie kitnarok is the world’s ninety-eighth richest man.
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Move too slow… and Macau just might kill him. It is also a stronghold of Chinese organized crime, which makes it a dicey place for a white guy to go around asking questions. Shepherd is in macau ducking Chinese gangsters and searching for the source of the black money swamping the casinos when he is sucked into another bizarre caper.
THE KING OF MACAU: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 9 #ad - A man who knows the most secret schemes of the North Korean government has found out Shepherd still has high-level connections in Washington. From his little unmarked office on Hollywood Road, he works quietly to solve the problems his big-money clients don’t want anyone else to know they have. One of the world’s largest casino operators discovers a massive money-laundering scheme at its casino in Macau and they go to Jack Shepherd to get it stopped.
He must join forces with the daughter of a shadowy old man everybody calls the King of Macau to stay ahead of the Chinese gangsters and shut down the black money flow. He no longer lobbies government agencies, negotiates for corporations, or shows up in court. Macau is a tiny place on the south coast of China close to Hong Kong that is the biggest gambling center on earth.
THE BIG MANGO: A Dare & Jones Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 3Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - What do they have to lose, huh?when they plunge into the jagged netherworld of modern-day Thailand — a corkscrewed land where big-time criminals tango with small-time hustlers, villains on the lam mingle with politicians on the take, and the merely raffish jostle with the downright scary — it doesn’t take long for things to get weird.
From the big apple, to the Big Orange, to the Big Mango. The big mango is consistently rated one of the best crime novels set in Asia, and for good reason. Crimereads"There’s no room for improvement. The big mango is as good as it gets. The bangkok post$400, 000, ten tons of cash, 000 is in the wind, the result of a bungled CIA operation to grab all the foreign currency from the Bank of Vietnam when the Americans fled Saigon in 1975.
THE BIG MANGO: A Dare & Jones Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 3 #ad - . A few decades later, the word on the street is that all that money somehow ended up in Bangkok and a downwardly mobile lawyer from California named Eddie Dare is the only guy left alive who might still have a shot at finding it. Bangkok is about as far from california as Eddie can go without sailing completely over the edge of the world, although at times he wonders if that isn’t exactly what he has done.
At least, he doesn’t think he does. Eddie knows nothing about the missing money. You have to admit it has a kind of nutty logic to it.
DON'T GET CAUGHT: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 10Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) #ad - He’s also a sucker for a smart, good-looking woman, but of course that has nothing at all to do with it. Shepherd is the guy people go to when they have a problem too ugly to tell anyone else about. There was a time when he loved the place, then things went sour and he’s sworn he’ll never go back. Whatever the real reason, Shepherd can feel it happening.
But the former prime minister whose life is in danger is a woman with whom Shepherd once had a relationship – well, sort of – and Shepherd is loyal to his friends. He locates the trouble, and then he shoots it. How little? oh, a billion dollars or so, give or take. Jake needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice.
DON'T GET CAUGHT: A Jack Shepherd Novel The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels Book 10 #ad - The bangkok post“needham’s Jack Shepherd novels are thrillers of the highest caliber, a perfect combination of suspense and wit. The malaysia starJack Shepherd is the kind of lawyer people call a troubleshooter. Thailand is reeling him right back in no matter how hard he struggles to stay away. The only way to save her life is to get her out of Thailand before the trial starts, but her friends need some heavy-duty help to pull that off.
Shepherd once lived in Thailand. The army is going to hold a show trial, convict her of corruption, and send her to prison. Neat, huh? If life were only that simple.