Book Review – The King of Macau by Jake Needham

Posted: 14/02/2014 in Uncategorized

Jake Needham is back! Better than ever, with this, his latest Jack Shepherd novel.

The Bangkok Post called Jake Needham “Michael Connelly with steamed rice.” The Singapore Straits Times referred to him as “Asia’s most stylish and atmospheric writer of crime fiction.” I just call him bloody good.

Needham’s latest novel, The King of Macau, is the fourth in his Jack Shepherd crime series, and once again readers are in for a real treat. Set in exotic Macau, Asia’s burgeoning casino city, the book provides a refreshing twist on the contemporary crime novel, most notably because of its Asian setting, but also because the crime being investigated isn’t a murder.

Summoned to Macau by the beautiful, and über-rich local partner of the MGM Macau, Shepherd, a Hong Kong based US lawyer and problem solver, is hired to identify the source of an unusual spike in the amount of cash being pushed into the casino.  Unsure that he even wants the job, Shepard is considering his options, when he encounters a strange individual who asks for help to seek asylum in the United States.  Before you know it, Shepard is drawn into the case by a colourful cast of spies, Asian gangsters, and money launderers, and as the reader you’re simply swept along for the ride. This is one book that I seriously had trouble putting down; so much so, that I felt compelled to contact Needham personally on Twitter, and complain that his book was so good that I couldn’t leave it to get on with my own work.

The King of Macau is an exceptionally well crafted novel.  Needham has put together a cast of characters that feel real, scenes that are vivid and rich with detail, and storyline to die for. I can’t recommend The King of Macau highly enough.  This book is a winner, buy it now, you won’t regret it.

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