The Umbrella Man (The Inspector Tay Novels) (Volume 2)

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"Jake Needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice." -- The Bangkok Post

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 immediately feels an unsettling connection with the dead man, although he’s certain he has never 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.

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About the Author:

JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who turned to writing crime novels when he realized he actually didn't like movies and television very much. 

Jake has published ten crime thrillers set in the cities of contemporary Asia. Although all of his books have been bestsellers in Europe and Asia, none have ever been distributed in the United States or Canada. "Jake Needham is Asia's most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction," the Singapore Straits Times said, and the Bangkok Post said, "Jake Needham is Michael Connelly with steamed rice!"

For the last twenty-five years, Jake has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Thailand and the United States. 

You can learn more about Jake and his books at his web site: JakeNeedhamNovels.com.

Review:

"Needham deftly morphs 1930s American Sam Spade into Samuel Tay, a world-weary 21st century Singaporean homicide detective." - Libris Reviews ."Jake Needham is Asia's most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction." - The Singapore Straits Times 
"Jake Needham has a knack for bringing intricate plots to life. His stories blur the line between fact and fiction." --CNNgo
 
"Mr. Needham seems to know rather more than one ought about these things." -- The Wall Street Journal Asia."In the genre of crime fiction set in Asia, Jake Needham is in a class of his own." -- The Bangkok Post

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