cover image 21 Immortals: Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders

21 Immortals: Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders

Rozlan Mohd Noor. Arcade CrimeWise, $25.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-950691-40-1

Noor, a former Malaysian police officer, does a stellar job of translating his experience into fiction in his nuanced debut, a series launch. Kuala Lumpur Insp. Mislan Latif is confronted with a high-profile and baffling triple homicide. The corpses of a family of three—a father, mother, and 10-year-old son—have been found in their home in an affluent part of the city. There are no obvious signs of violence, and the bodies were posed at the dinner table, set with a traditional Chinese New Year meal. When the adult male is identified as Robert Tham, a wealthy and renowned clothing designer, the pressure to solve the case intensifies. An autopsy determines that the Tham family were poisoned by hydrogen cyanide gas and then embalmed. Mislan learns that the ostensibly respectable Robert was once the leader of a secret society known as the 21 Immortals, who may have cooperated with the authorities against his fellow immortals years before. The inspector pursues the truth relentlessly in the face of crooked superiors and trigger-happy colleagues. Fans of honest cops working in a rigged system are in for a treat. (Aug.)