THE SHADOW WALKERS is the first in Michael Walters' series of (now 3) books set in Mongolia.  I read the second one The Adversary a while ago and enjoyed it very much, but as the third book is winging it's way in my direction, it's definitely time to read the first in the series - plus I'm QM'ing the discussion on 4MA early in April!

I'm almost starting to think I should wear this reading series out of order as a badge of honour these days - some stupid little quirk of preference - but really it's just a chronic inability to organise myself combined with a bad case of "too many books / not enough time syndrome".  I find I'm accumulating at a rate just a tiny bit faster than I'm currently reading so I'm always behind.  You have no idea how much we are hoping for long cold, wet winter - not just because if we don't get some rain we'll be showering in dust - but so that I can get some reading done without feeling guilty about what I "should" be doing outside.  Anyway - back to the subject at hand:

From the Blurb:

As winter's first snows fall on the Mongolian capital of Ulan Baatar, the mutilated body of a British geologist is found in the city's most expensive hotel, apparently the fourth victim of a serial killer.  With political pressure to solve the crimes mounting, Negrui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad, is ordered back to his former role, buidling an uneasy working relationship with his successor and protege, Doripalam and with Drew McLeish, a senior British CID officer sent out to support the investigation.

Opening Lines:

So that was it.  Cleaned out again.  Right down to the last tugruk.

He fell against the wall, nearly lost his footing, then staggered upright again and continued his uncertain way down the empty street.

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His eyes were adjusting to the darkness now, and he twisted around trying to see what it was that had tripped him. At first, he couldn't make it out. Just a blank shapeless mound, spread across the frozen ground. And then he thought it looked something like a human figure, but not quite like one. He rolled over, trying to clear his head, trying to work out what was wrong.

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Submitted by Karen on Sat, 28/03/2009 - 07:15 pm