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The first bomb cracked the Hilton like an egg; the second gutted the lobby of the Marriott; and the third peeled the front off the Grand Hyatt. Three massive explosions, all at American hotels in the heart of the city, and all within a few horrifying seconds.
Hundreds are dead and thousands are injured. Singapore is bleeding. Inspector Samuel Tay is a senior inspector in the Special Investigation Section of Singapore CID, but he is frozen out of this investigation from the beginning. He's made 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. Tay feels an immediate connection with the dead man, although he doesn't think he has ever 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. 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.
Till the day I die I shall believe the narrator to BE Samuel Tay. I
If you could sum up The Umbrella Man: An Inspector Samuel Tay Novel in three words, what would they be?
Complex, fascinating, refreshing
Who was your favorite character and why?
Inspector Tay, with a few flaws, which makes his character so interesting. I can see him so clearly, addicted to cigarettes which most of us hate, always thinking, a very clever fellow, I found him fascinating and loved his approach to detection of crime. He seems shy but this is a man who adheres to respect, tradition, and honor. He does things his way and don't get in his face because he's going around you.
What does Steve Marvel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I loved this narrator, he did an excellent job. He put a voice to a character that I love and gave him life.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This is a thinking man's or women's book. You don't slide thru with nonstop car chases or violence, it is a tale of intrigue, where you actually have to engage your brain and follow our detective through the process and in an exotic location as well.
Any additional comments?
Jake Needham is one of my favorite writers, I have bought all of his books and the four new audible. Wonderful locations, complex plots, and a dry humorous detective.