Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. But as the Buddha says, change is inevitable; and 10 years later, everything is about to change-big-time-for Ten. One resignation from the police force, two bullet-wounds, three suspicious deaths, and a beautiful woman later, he quickly learns that whenever he breaks his first rule, mayhem follows.
"Very enjoyable mystery with Buddhist undertones"
Like most teenagers, Ten's life is rife with change and emotional upheaval. In addition to his newfound fascination with girls and some unexpected bodily sensations, he's been spending less time with his Parisian mother and more time in his Tibetan father's Dharamshala monastery. This, in conjunction with the fact that his best friends, Yeshe and Lobsang, aren't having the same revelations about the world around them, leaves Ten feeling puzzled and isolated.
Ex-Buddhist monk, former LAPD detective, and current private investigator Tenzing "Ten" Norbu knows Bill Bohannon as many things: loving husband, devoted father, police administrator, former partner, and best friend. But then an uninvited guest from Bill's past upends the Bohannons' Fourth of July barbecue, revealing in levelheaded Bill the most unexpected behavior - behavior that awkwardly drops Ten in the middle of a crumbling marriage.
As the private detective for a bevy of clients, our beloved ex-Buddhist monk, ex-LAPD officer, Tenzing "Ten" Norbu, has finally found his stride. With his beautiful pathologist girlfriend, a healthy bank account, and a steady stream of clients, courtesy of middle-aged movie star Mac Gannon and rising political star Bets McMurtry, Ten's life is bursting with activity. But it's not all joy and happiness.
In The Second Rule of Ten, Norbu investigates the unexplained death of his former client, Hollywood mogul Marv Rudolph, and searches for the sister, lost during World War II, of wizened Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen. With two cases and an unforeseen family crisis that sends him back to Tibet, Ten finds himself on the outs with his best buddy and former partner, Bill, who is heading the official police investigation into Marv's death.