Inspector Samuel Tay is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction novels by American novelist Jake Needham. Samuel Tay is a detective in character of the Special Investigations Section of the CID, based in Singapore.

Jake Needham began his Inspector Samuel Tay series in 2011 with the novel The Ambassador’s Wife. Below is a list of Jake Needham’s Inspector Samuel Tay books in order of when they were first published (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Samuel Tay Books

The Ambassador's Wife(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Umbrella Man(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead American(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl in the Window(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Inspector Samuel Tay Synopsis: In The Ambassador’s Wife is the first Inspector Tay series by Jake Needham. The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second is in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy. Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously, shot in the head, stripped naked, and lewdly displayed. The FBI says it’s terrorism, but the whispers on the street tell a different story. They say a serial killer is stalking American women across Asia. Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID is something of a reluctant policeman. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a detective in the first place. He thinks a lot about quitting, but he hasn’t. Because the thing is, he’s very, very good at what he does. When the bodies of American women start turning up, CID gives the case to Tay. It’s high profile, and he’s the best they have. Tay soon begins to wonder why nobody seems to want him to find the women’s killer. Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID.

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