Revue de presse
"Asia's most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction." --The Straits Times (Singapore)
"Jake Needham...has a knack for bringing intricate plots to life. His stories blur the line between fact and fiction and have a 'ripped from the headlines' feel. The level of detail astounds, giving the story an authenticity that could only come from someone who has intimate familiarity with such things. Buckle up and enjoy the ride." --CNNgo.com
"Although it might seem unlikely that government agencies would engage in such brazen corruption in real life, the truth is they already have... Mr. Needham seems to know rather more than one ought about these things." --The Wall Street Journal Asia
"Obtaining books from regional publishers has its difficulties, but in the case of THE AMBASSADOR'S WIFE, it will be well worth the effort. This is an absorbing, believable portrayal of a veteran homicide cop in Singapore." --The Japan Times
Présentation de l'éditeur
"THE AMBASSADOR’S WIFE is another terrific book from a terrific writer. In the genre of crime fiction set in Asia, Jake Needham is in a class of his own.”-- The Bangkok Post
“Jake Needham deftly morphs 1930s American Sam Spade into Samuel Tay, a world-weary twenty-first century Singapore homicide detective.” -- Libris Reviews
THE FIRST BODY is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite at the Marriott Hotel. The second is in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment near the American embassy. Both American women viciously beaten and shot in the head. Both bodies stripped naked and lewdly displayed.
The FBI says it’s terrorism, but the whispers on the street tell a different story. They say a serial killer is stalking American women in Asia.
Singapore CID assigns the case to Inspector Samuel Tay. Tay is something of a reluctant policeman. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. He often talks about quitting, but he hasn’t. Because the thing is, he’s very, very good at what he does.
So why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women's killer? Not his bosses at CID, not the FBI, not even the American ambassador.
When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is usually the next victim.