First Sentence: Jimi’s hands were clammy.
Singh has been assigned to Bali to help with security and
anti-terrorist measures after a bomb had been set off in the tourist
part of the island. Singh feels he has little to offer; his expertise
is solving murders. When a body with a bullet hole, killing him before
the explosion, is found in the wreckage, Singh is there to find the
answers with the help of a Aussie cop assigned to work with him.
The opening—seeing things from the perspective of the bomber—is interesting and rather sad.
is an immediate charm to Inspector Singh. His doctor has been after
him to get some exercise, so he shows the doctor his athletic shoes…and
proceeds to stop at his favorite restaurant. After all “Talking about
exercise was hungry work.” Although he’s not always likeable, he is
self-deprecating and an old-fashioned cop who follows the clues.
Brownyn, an Aussie cop assigned to work which him is a complete mystery
to him. Yet through their relationship, she decided she wants to
investigate murders when she returns to Australia. There is an
interesting comparison made between tracking down terrorists and finding
an individual killer.
It is interesting to learn the issues of
immigration and race from the perspective of Muslims and Hindus in other
countries and the different priority murder has to the Singapore
police. Singh makes a wonderful rejoinder after an Australian tourist
asks whether he is a Muslim. Singh tells him no, and is then asked,
“Then why’ve you got that hanky around your head?” “Because I’m a Sikh
and our people have been turbaned for longer than you’ve had ancestors
out of prison.”. This theme is continued later when he is confronted by
a woman whose child had been killed by the bombers. “The bombings were
carried out by a very small minority of people. Most Moslems were
devastated by what happened.” “Singh knew he was wasting him time
trying to communicate to this women that the actions of a few should not
be allowed to tarnish the many. …”
There is a wonderful
description of the Balinese arts, as well as the food and locations. It
makes a very welcome contrast to solving the crimes.
“A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul” is a very good read which includes effective twists and a universal truth.
A BALI CONSPIRACY MOST FOUL (Pol Proc-Inspector Singh-Bali-Contemp) – VG
Flint, Shamini - 2nd in series
Minotaur Books, 2011