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The Shadow Walker (Inspector Nergui #1)

3.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  178 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Set in a country struggling to come to terms with the legacy of its past and the promise of its future, The Shadow Walker is a gripping thriller that introduces Inspector Nergui of the Mongolian Serious Crime squad. As winter's first snow falls on Ulan Baatar, the mutilated body of a British geologist is found in the city's most expensive hotel, apparently the fourth victi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Quercus Books
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Feb 02, 2010 Bryan rated it did not like it
This book was a slog, just aweful. Story was unimaginative, plot was overly descriptive and methodical in a bad way, characters were unmemorable, protaganist wasn't proactive enough, plus there wasn't a single female in the whole book. It was doubly bad because it took no advantage of Mongolia as a unique setting. I found nothing memorable about the sense of place. I lived there for 2 years with the Peace Corps, and I know Mongolians don't talk the way this book depicts them. Yet, I felt obligat ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Suevw rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
To remember about this I'm going to quote some - the look into the life and place of Mongolia was really one of the best parts -tho I kept very intrigued by the story for sure up until the very en - got a little too predicable.

pg 44 Nergui smiled. "This is not like your country. A quarter of our population is nomadic. Of course, there are close family ties in many cases, and these days most people are formally registered with the state for voting and social security purposes. It's easier than it
Oct 19, 2010 Jay rated it did not like it
Let's see. Our hero inspector laments the lack of money to have a real police office as he sits in a green office with one desk and one chair. So, money is tight in Ulan Bator. I get it. But then where does the money come from to support a crime lab and a forensic team? Really. Mind you they just show up at every murder, but do nothing. The author can't be bothered to actually study police procedures in Mongolia. This is a new kind of touristic exoticism:'I'll learn just enough to write some boo ...more
Victor Vilchiz
Aug 27, 2014 Victor Vilchiz rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, spy-cop
good and entertaining. Different setting than I am used to. Looking forward to the second installment.
Jan 17, 2016 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this off the "new arrivals" shelf at the library. It felt similar to the Leaphorn/Chee novels written by the late Tony Hillerman, only the main characters were Mongolian rather than Navajo. I'm still unsure what I think about the British inspector ("Drew McLeish"), namely whether he really belonged in the story. Without giving away much of the plot, I'm not so sure he was as relevant as the author would have hoped. I would have rather seen the development of Nergui working with Doripalam ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it
This was an OK "police procedural" with the saving grace being its setting in modern Mongolia. The detectives seemed pretty clueless frankly; they were more lucky in solving the case than brilliant. In my favorite mystery stories you realize at the end that the clues were right in front of your face all the time. Not in this book. Its almost like the author got tired of writing and so just sewed up the plot in the last twenty pages so he could go do something else.
It was inoffensive (though vio
Mar 13, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Less of a full review, and more of a note about the first book in this (now) 3 book series set in Mongolia. THE SHADOW WALKER is the first book, which I read recently, having already read the 2nd in the series (the third is here in the queue).

A first book in a series is often slighty problematic and I have to say having read the 2nd book (The Adversary) which I loved, I was willing to cut this first book a lot more slack than perhaps others would be willing. In THE SHADOW WALKER, the two main ch
I'm having a hard time deciding exactly how to review this book. My opinion of it is EXTREMELY colored by the fact that I lived in Mongolia so I am perhaps judging some of the pieces too much and not focusing on other parts as equally. I guess to start I will say that I think the story is good overall, but suffers from the fact that this is the first book by Walters. I think (and hope) the next in the series will be better.

I think Walters did an incredible job of capturing some of details of Mon
THE SHADOW WALKER (Police Proc-Mongolia-Cont) – G+
Walker, Michael – 1st book
Quercus, 2006- UK Hardcover
***Although there is crime in Ulan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, finding a corpse missing it’s head and hands is far from normal. Negrui, ex-head of the Serious Crime Squad is ordered back to his former role with instructions to clear the case immediately. When the fourth victim is a British geologist, senior British CID officer Drew McLeish is sent to work with Negrui and his successor, Dor
Sep 05, 2009 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like something different in their mysteries
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Iowa City Public Library
Shadow Walker is a debut mystery by Michael Walters. This book is basically a police procedural set in Mongolia. Enigmatic Inspector Nergui is pulled back from his special assignment at the Ministry to work a case involving several deaths (serial killer?). Teaming up with the man who has been promoted to his old job, Doripalam, and a British officer sent because one of the dead men was British citizen, Drew McLeish, he asks questions that lead them from the streets of Ulan Baatar to tent camps o ...more
Jeff Dickison
Sep 18, 2014 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good first novel, set in Mongolia, introduces Nergui, a former top cop, who is assistant to the Minister. When it appears that a homicidal serial killer is loose he is drafted back to his old position to solve the crime. Interesting locale, recommended.
Feb 20, 2016 Ardyth rated it it was ok
Two stars for an interesting setting and, in fairness, it is not one of the worst books I've ever read - but I finished more from habit than any real interest and feel the "bad guy discloses all" ending was pretty weak.

Not to mention the random mediocre British cop who serves no purpose beyond telling us (ad nauseum) how unfathomable Mongolians are.

Nergui captured my interest, but not sufficiently to counter the book's flaws.
Judith Baller-Fabian
Jun 18, 2014 Judith Baller-Fabian rated it it was amazing
I loved this book: an exotic local, a fascinating protagonist, and an interesting story. I immediately went out and bought his next two novels and watch for more. It occurs to me, this would appeal to those of us that love foreign novels.
R. August
Jun 23, 2011 R. August rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
It seems the editor fell asleep halfway through this book. The beginning has a nice vignette about how coffee is rather foreign in Mongolia which only the westernized youth can stomach, only then to have scene with a coffee maker and countless used cups in the police station since everyone drinks coffee...
We meet Maxon who wears sunglasses so we don't know his expression, then we meet a Russian mobster who wears sunglasses and we can see his expression. Drew is tied down to a table, but if he tu
Nov 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Some books you read for character. Some books you read for plot. Some books you read for setting...and get what you pay for. Walters draws an excellent picture of modern Mongolia, and manages a certain level of emotional tension due to that exoticism and the reader's unavoidable (well, if you're not from the steppes) feeling of alienation. At the root, though, this is really a Sherlock Holmes knock-off, with a nearly-omniscient investigator from the Mongolian Ministry of Justice followed about ...more
Joan Flynn
Sep 26, 2008 Joan Flynn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: detectice addicts
Recommended to Joan by: noone
This is one of the finest mystery/thriller/detective novels I have ever read. It is written with intelligence and ability to provide the suspense necessary to keep one reading. Detective Nergui is the best1 I think, also, the ssense of place is of great interest and value for those of us who like to armchair travel. I leasrned a bit about Mongolia, the environs, some cultural aspects and the life style of the people who inhabit this faaraway land, which has always been a mystical place for me. I ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Bagalzuur rated it it was amazing
Set in a country struggling to come to terms with the legacy of its past and the promise of its future, The Shadow Walker is a gripping thriller that introduces Inspector Nergui of the Mongolian Serious Crime squad.As winter?s first snows fall on Ulaan Bataar, 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, Nergui, ex-head of the Serious Crime squad, is or ...more
Lauri Saplad
This book was a bit of a slow starter, but the very twisty plot kept you guessing until the last moment! Mr. Walters knows how to build suspense! The gory nature of the crimes is unsettling, to say the least and having the drama unfold in Mongolia is just perfect. Westerners know relatively little about the country, so the information was great. The landscape of the country & city also helped a lot with the tension... I want to read more from this author and hope to see another book featurin ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Crime story was very good. well balanced read.
Dec 30, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Very interesting mystery set in Mongolia.
First things first: this is a dude book about dudes.

Police dudes, but politics dudes and business dudes too.

Secondly: the language is not always what I think would be accurate, and gets a little clunky in the dialogue.

That being said, this is a very absorbing, politically-oriented mystery that's quite different from your average police procedural. I very much enjoyed this, although it will definitely not be to everyone's tastes.

Finally, there should be a tw on this book for violence, murder, kid
Mar 28, 2013 Faye rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
At the start of a Mongolian winter, gruesome murders start appearing in UB. Nergui, the Mongolian in charge of the investigation, teams up with a British police officer sent over in a goodwill attempt. There were a few sections where background information was worked in rather unsubtly, and it could be that some economic issues are portrayed a bit one-sidedly, but all in all it was a gripping read and did a great job of conjuring up a vivid image of Mongolia. Nergui was a great character and I'm ...more
Leslie Ann
Another work one I didn't hate.

I liked that Walters made a Mongolian character the main focus and not the weakass british guy. And it made me want to go there, despite the beheadings of foreigners.

I'd pay $12 to see this on a screen. Who would be Negrui? Probably the hotass Japanese guy playing Gengis Khan in the new film Mongol (which I want to see).

Who would play the British guy? Maybe grey-up hotass Hugh Laurie and make him slightly sad and befudled.

Mmmm yeah...
Mar 17, 2009 Kayeb rated it really liked it
This is a first book by this author. The story is set in Mongolia, so has observations, etc about some culturally distinct customs, etc. Nergui is the Mongolian detective and Drew McLeish the Brit who goes there to assist after an English man is killed. Not my top favorite, but I did enjoy it. I think that Nergui is the character I most "enjoyed" and would want to know more about.
Sep 30, 2008 Carolyn rated it really liked it
well, i had to read this of course, because it is a murder mystery set in ulan baator in mongolia and i was there and i saw so many places and people that are described! so of course i am completely unobjective. still, pretty fascinating, and suze, i hope you read it and let me know how it is to someone who hasnt gone there yet....
Apr 18, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
SETTING: Mongolia
RATING: 3.25

A very interesting setting (Mongolia), with interesting information on the cutlure and political environment. The pacing lagged. Lots of killings, but no real action. The villain wasn't a very interesting one. Not certain I'll continue with this series.
Dec 28, 2008 Jeffield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mystery takes place in Mongolia which is why I read it. Recently Mongolia has been popping up in my life so I grabbed the book when I saw where it is set. I thought it was a good read and I learned a little more about the country but not so much that it dragged down the story.
Mike Taverner
Dec 11, 2015 Mike Taverner rated it really liked it
I liked being in Mongolia
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