“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
The first body is discovered in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second is in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment near the American embassy. Both Americans who were viciously beaten and shot in the head. Both women. Both stripped naked and lewdly displayed.
The FBI says it’s terrorism, but on the street the whispers tell a different story. They say a serial killer is stalking American women in Asia, so Singapore CID assigns the case to Inspector Samuel Tay. It’s high profile, and he’s the best they have.
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 may be a poor policeman, but he’s a great detective.
Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the killer? Not the American ambassador, not the FBI, not even his bosses at CID.
When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is usually the next victim…