The Broken Rules of Ten is a prequel to the Tenzing Norbu series. I really liked the first two in this series about Tenzing Norbu, the former Buddhist monk, who came to the U.S., joined the LAPD, and then left the police department to become a private investigator.
This novella reveals more of the background of Ten, his divided life between his alcoholic mother in Paris and his Buddhist monk father in Dharamshala. The training of novice monks is an interesting feature, and so is the adolescent Ten's advance into puberty.
The plot is less interesting than the insight into Ten's training, friendships, and shaky relationship with his father.
Anyone who has enjoyed the Tenzing Norbu series will probably enjoy this short read. Ten is a unique character in the mystery genre, and I look forward to the next in the series of the grown-up Ten.
Mystery. 2013. Print version: 121 pages.