21 Immortals, subtitled Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders, is fictional sleuth Inspector Mizlan’s first crime-solving adventure. Lovers of whodunits will recognise smidgens of similarities between the local sleuth with his more famous foreign counterparts created by world famous novelists and tinsel screen scriptwriters. An ‘explosive debut’ from the quietly talented Rozlan Mohd Noor – an ex-police ofﬁcer, which explains why he knows so much about police work and inside stories – this is a true Malaysian high-tech crime thriller with good cops, bad cops (and badder cops) and triad members, with insights into the workings of the local CS1, and forays into the world of hackers and their viruses, sleeper programs, trojans, ulat, spybots, hound dogs and their link to crime, including murder.
Look, I don’t care what happened in ninety-ﬁve. I have a murder to solve. Right now, you and Fatty Mah have motives. Maybe you and Fatty didn’t do it. Maybe the two of you did, or contracted it out. Either way, I’m going to find out, the inspector says firmly, having reached the limit of his patience, annoyed with Four Finger’s attitude. You have a hearing problem, meh? I told you it’s not our style. We don’t do families and children, Four Finger Loo replies, equally irritated. As you said, that was how it used to be, but not anymore. Maybe, you used non-triad methods to throw us off the track. How’s that for a theory? To me, payback is a damn good motive to kill, Mislan replies, watching the retired Tiger General’s face closely for giveaway signs.
“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small ﬂies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” — Jonathan Swift
About the author: Rozlan Mohd Noor was a police ofﬁcer with the Royal Malaysian Police for 11 years as an Investigating Ofﬁcer (IO) and a Magistrate Court Prosecuting Ofﬁcer in Selangor and Wilayah Persekutuan. Although he has left the force, the evolution of crime solving technology has always fascinated him. It drove him to write crime stories to share with close friends as a pastime, to test their analytical acumen. Encouraged by his friends, he started writing crime novels. He later left the force and worked in HRD at several major corporations and multinationals, before starting his own human resources and security consultancy.