Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (A Free Short Story)

Rated 4.29/5 based on 7 reviews
Inspector Zhang loves mysteries, but as a Detective Inspector with the Singapore Police Force he knows that mysteries are few and far between. There are relatively few crimes in the city state and those that are committed are usually solved quickly. But that all changes when Inspector Zhang is called to a top Singapore hotel where a guest has been found murdered in a locked room.
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About Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. He has sold more than a million eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website

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Review by: Kevin A. Lyons on Sep. 5, 2016 :
This short story seems to be mostly a vehicle to introduce Inspector Zhang, but it's well written and the characters are well developed. It's set in Singapore, which is a strictly regulated society, but Inspector Zhang appears to be willing to go "off script" while making his investigation -- much to the chagrin of his assistant.

I enjoyed it.
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Review by: Barry Ergang on July 3, 2016 :
Not a bad story, but nowhere near the level of impossible crime masters like John Dickson Carr, whom Inspector Zhang mentions. Check out the likes of Carr (a.k.a. Carter Dickson) and Edward D. Hoch, among others.
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Review by: Devi Nair on Jan. 4, 2015 :
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This is a very interesting closed door murder mystery. The author gives due respect to Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot at various instances. Inspector Zhang lives in Singapore where murder is very rare. And he had spent his life waiting for that perfect locked room murder mystery to pop up. When such a mystery finally pops up, he refuses to use any scientific help to try and solve his much awaited mystery.
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 6, 2013 :
The first story with Singaporean Inspector Zhang is an enjoyable study in how to solve a Locked Room Murder by applying 7 basic scenarios.

There are also 3 intriguing chapters introducing another book called Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon (I am not joking) which I intend to get.
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Review by: Booksworm on Aug. 27, 2011 :
Excellent quick read for a mystery quick fix. Inspector Zhang is the Sherlock Holmes Singapore version. Loved it and look forwards for more of his adventure.
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Review by: Crescent Suns eBooks on July 12, 2011 :
Excellent story. Stephen Leather at his best.
This is a locked room mystery of the highest order. Just as with the old stories that have all but gone out of vogue (unfortunately) Inspector Zhang excels at looking at the clues he has available and deducing who the murderer is. Forensics be hanged! With a detective like this Asian Inspector, who needs DNA?
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Review by: midnightmoon on July 7, 2011 :
This tale is presently available as a free download. It is a short story at just under 9,000 words and demonstrates the author's adaptability in expertly penning a tremendous variety of style in his fictional works.

It introduces readers to the very dapper Inspector Zhang of Singapore Police. Together with his sidekick Sergeant Lee, the narrative has the Inspector leading his sergeant through his very carefully deliberated thought processes in solving the murder of a businessman in a five star hotel - a crime that is very rare in Singapore.

I have read almost all of Stephen Leather's work and Inspector Zhang is very different from his previous work. The main character has a very gentle feel to him.

The author demonstrates the ability to please aficionados of serial killer fiction with work such as The Basement: serial killer thriller with a breathtaking twist; crime/action thrillers with the Dan Shepherd series - the next in the series Fair Game (The 8th Spider Shepherd Thriller) is due out at the end of July; vampire tales with Once Bitten: a thriller with bite and the Inspector Zhang stories will certainly suit those of a gentler disposition!

I see Stephen has now produced more tales about Inspector Zhang - it's a character I'm going to look forward to following!

If you're looking for a short, fairly gentle crime tale, this will definitely suit you.
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