The Dying Day - The Malabar House Series (Paperback)Vaseem Khan (author)
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A priceless manuscript. A missing scholar. A trail of riddles.
For over a century, one of the world's great treasures, a six-hundred-year-old copy of Dante's The Divine Comedy, has been safely housed at Bombay's Asiatic Society. But when it vanishes, together with the man charged with its care, British scholar and war hero, John Healy, the case lands on Inspector Persis Wadia's desk.
Uncovering a series of complex riddles written in verse, Persis - together with English forensic scientist Archie Blackfinch - is soon on the trail. But then they discover the first body.
As the death toll mounts it becomes evident that someone else is also pursuing this priceless artefact and will stop at nothing to possess it . . .
Harking back to an era of darkness, this second thriller in the Malabar House series pits Persis, once again, against her peers, a changing India, and an evil of limitless intent.
Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan's trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 41 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
The Da Vinci Code meets post-Independence India. I'd be surprised if I read a better book this year * M.W. Craven *
Persis is brave, admirable, complicated and maddening, and is one of the few superlative and original characters emerging from modern literature * On-Magazine *
As this charming series continues, readers will be cheering [Persis's] successes * SHOTS *
A thoroughly enjoyable yarn, complete with atmospheric setting, intricate puzzle-solving and much derring-do * Mail on Sunday *
The second in this excellent series . . . a delicious treat of a historical crime novel * The Observer *
Early indications are that Vaseem Khan has struck gold by setting detective novels in 1950s Bombay. And that is why this is a gem of a novel* The Eastern Eye *
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