Inspector Singh Investigates – Number 6

Book Number 6 in the Inspector Singh series is called A Calamitous Chinese Killing. It is an enjoyable tale of a Singaporean policeman investigating the murder of a Singapore student in Beijing. The student was the son of an eminent diplomat at the Singapore embassy in the Chinese capital. This diplomat asks for Singh to investigate and so the larger-than-life inspector is thrust into a world he’s not familiar with once again.

Luckily, Singh obtains a great local sidekick called Li Jun, a former policeman who is able to translate for Singh and explain the nuances of Chinese society.

No part of Chinese society remains untouched by this story, including the treatment of Falun Gong members who are re-educated and also become unwilling participants in the organ donor business. This part is described in quite graphic detail.

Most of the characters are either killed, arrested, or scarred for life by events in the book. But at least the bad guys get their comeuppance.

Inspector Singh is a good, well-written character, who has weaknesses as well as an iron determination to find out the truth and a fearless disregard for people in positions of power, even if those people can threaten him with an unsavoury end.

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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