Inspector Mislan and the Serial Rapes
Rozlan Mohd Noor
- 288 Pages
- July 6, 2021
- ISBN: 9781950691425
- Trim Size: 6in x 9in
For fans of Jo Nesbo, Ian Rankin, and Michael Connelly, the third Inspector Mislan thriller takes the inspector to a netherworld of vicious sex crimes.
In this new thriller, Mislan and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Johan, are called to the scene of an ongoing investigation by D11, the Sexual & Child Abuse Investigation Division, that involves a series of rapes of successful young women.
What immediately jumps out in the first case D11's Inspector Sherry Azlina Syed Abdullah investigates is that the attack was filmed with a videocam. The perpetrator, gloved and masked, had gained access to the victim's apartment and was there with a cameraman, standing over her, when she woke in her bedroom. When the video appears on UTube with the legend that it is her "Salvation," the shame of it drives her to suicide. The second case involving the same M.O. has left a friend of the rape victim murdered at the scene, and that brings in the team from Special Investigations.
Forced by their superiors to combine efforts, with Sherry in the lead, Mislan struggles to rein in his maverick methods. But the video of the second assault is posted and then still another rape makes the news, leading to mounting public alarm. With pressure from above to close the case quickly, the two inspectors have no choice but to find the way to be effective together in order to track the source of the posts, identify what unites the victims, and discover the trail that will lead them to the shadowy figure who calls himself the Emancipator.
"Inspector Mislan Latif is my kind of detective. Harry Bosch would ride shotgun with him anytime."—Michael Connelly
“Refreshing . . . we get to see things from a different angle— that police people are just like the rest of us, they have to deal with some bosses who are OK but some who are power-hungry, and also have to deal with good and bad colleagues. I used to wonder why some police cases went ‘silent’ after a while, and from his first three books I can get an idea of why.”— StellaSakuragi, CARI Forum
“UTube is the third and latest book in the excellent Inspector Mislan series set in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This series is so superbly written that the reader has to pose an urgent question to the author: When is the next book in the series out?”—chooseandbook.blogspot.com
“Rozlan has chosen to center the investigation around a variety of hot-button topics which will resonate with Malaysians, such as issues of gay identity, and attempts by the authorities to classify homosexuality as a disease which can be cured. Intertwined with this are other issues such as individual vulnerability to violence on the streets or in the home, and the pervasiveness and invasiveness of social media within the private sphere. His approach to these issues is down-to-earth and nonjudgmental.”— Susan Philip, Asiatic
“I thought I would read just two or three chapters last night, but I stayed awake until I finished the whole book. I have fallen in love with Inspector Mislan!”—tintakedua.blogspot.com
Praise for 21 IMMORTALS, the first Inspector Mislan Thriller
"With 21 Immortals, Rozlan Mohd Noor proves that a great character can be found anywhere on the globe. Undaunted and determined, Inspector Mislan Latif is my kind of detective. Harry Bosch would ride shotgun with him any time."—Michael Connelly
"Stellar . . . Fans of honest cops working in a rigged system are in for a treat."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Razor-sharp and full of the grit and color of the streets of Kuala Lumpur, 21 Immortals is a gripping examination of the link between organized crime and politics. Total edge-of-the-seat stuff."—Tash Aw, award-winning author of The Harmony Silk Factory and We, the Survivors
"Rozlan Mohd Noor's 21 Immortals is set in a vividly evoked contemporary Kuala Lumpur and has all the makings of classic detective novel—a tough, engaging detective, a story that grips from the first page, and an ending that is just as intriguing and satisfying as you hoped it would be. Highly recommended."—W. C. Ryan, author of A House of Ghosts
"A compelling and nefarious crime with corruption at its heart. Inspector Mislan is a fierce adversary."—Lauren A. Forry, author of They Did Bad Things
"Rozian Mohd Noor tells the harrowing tale of a tough cop on the streets of Kuala Lumpur who attempts to solve the grotesque murder of an entire family. The suspense winds tighter with each new twist. Inspector Mislan, Noor’s all-too-human hero, is the perfect cop to solve this perfect crime."—Bart Paul, author of the Tommy Smith High Country Noir series
"From a macabre murder scene to an unexpected ending, Noor effortlessly leads us through the complexities of a police investigation supercharged with corruption, politics, and unfettered egos. His style puts the reader always at Inspector Mislan’s side, discovering evidence and identifying suspects in the same breath. Nothing is predictable in this atmospheric story set in exotic Malaysia." —Timothy Jay Smith, author of Fire on the Island and The Fourth Courier
"As approachable as it is brilliant, 21 Immortals could and should become a classic of detective fiction. I like to think of Inspector Mislan Latif as Malaysia's Montalbano, not just for the love of food, coffee, and cigarettes, but for the wit, resolve, and humanity."—Davide Cazzaro, publisher of Nangmagazine
"It has a great title, a wonderful mix of characters, and a complex story line that twists and turns like KL roads. . . .The pleasure in 21 Immortals arises from the fact the writer enjoys the storytelling. He is having fun, and it spills into the novel. He loves his hero. The unpretentious Inspector Mislan, who doesn’t ‘wear shades, or talk standing sideways,' is more likable than the lead in CSI Miami."—SH Lim, Time Out Kuala Lumpur
"Enter Inspector Mislan Latif; hard-boiled, tough as nails, logical, unsentimental, but not quite cynical. In a Kuala Lumpur full of dirty criminals and dirtier cops, he is the last among the few good men (and women) that remain. . . . 21 Immortals is deliberately paced. Rozlan Mohd Noor writes with a meticulousness that mirrors that of his protagonist. It is prose that is methodical. Carefully, systematically unraveling the murder mystery that lies before us. . . . He has written a novel that is for us; completely and utterly."—New Straits Times(Malaysia)
“The voices are real. They are ours or fragments of our society. . . . It is very courageous for a former officer of the Royal Malaysian Police to detail what could go wrong in police investigations. . . . The book is not of a world to be judged based on morality and accepted cultural norms. Rozlan is brave enough to offer this insight and his representations of changing values in modern Malaysia. . . . My final verdict: Go get the book!"—Asiatic Journal (Malaysia)
“Rozlan Mohd Noor's books are exceptionally good in a lot of senses but more importantly, they capture the subtleties and nuances of Malaysian culture, language, politics, and crime.21 Immortals is a highly recommended read.”—Choose and Book
“He is a maverick, badass investigator who is determined to solve all his cases despite pressure from his superiors and politicians to close them. The stories walk us through the procedures that take place when a crime is reported, how CSI and the police work together, and what are the challenges they face. Even more interesting is the fact the stories take Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings as their location. The author has injected some local dialect, the reality of Malaysia.”—purplymoon
“The books in Rozlan’s Inspector Mislan series deal with serious social issues, among them the corruption of higher-ups in the police force.”—The Star(Malaysia)
“21 Immortals highlights the commitment of Inspector Mislan, a cop who is honest, hardworking, and has integrity—but this attitude makes him unpopular among some of his colleagues and superiors on the police force and even politicians, making him a victim sometimes of internal politics in his department.”— Kosmo newspaper (Malaysia)