The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Posted by BBCAA on Aug. 06, 2009

Meet Vish Puri, Indias most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern Indias swindlers, cheats and murderers. In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puris main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puris resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants? And why is his widowed Mummy-ji attempting to play sleuth when everyone knows Mummies are not detectives? With his team of undercover operatives-Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream-Puri ingeniously combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than two thousand years ago-long ....

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