I am a card carrying Jake Needham fan, and of all his wonderful cast of characters, I think Samuel Tay is possibly my favourite.
I love Mr.Tay’s outspoken, curmudgeonly take on his home country Singapore, but it was precisely this very fact that slightly marred my enjoyment of the latest book in this series.
Because there is very little of Singapore in this book.
I got my Asian kick through the adventures in Pattaya and Hong Kong, of course, and since I was actually in Hong Kong last week when I read the book, that certainly added another dimension.
Mr. Needham is at his unsurpassable best describing the gritty neighbourhoods, the heat and the noise of Asia.
Not going to plot-spoil by telling you what happens. Suffice it to say it’s a clever wide-ranging story, with a distinctly worrying premise, which bears witness to the crazy political times we are all living through.
I enjoyed the book.
I truly did.
I enjoyed seeing Samuel out of context.
But I missed Singapore.
Here’s the link to buy this 5th book in the smashing Samuel Tay series.
Can’t wait for the 6th instalment!
If you’re not already up to speed with the Samuel Tay series, here’s a link to my review of the first book.