The Lost Man of Bombay - The Malabar House Series (Hardback)
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Published: 18/08/2022
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*LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR*
*SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER*
* SELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022 BY THE FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY EXPRESS AND THE GUARDIAN*

'Hugely entertaining ... history and mystery mixed with brutal slapstick, thwarted romance and sly humour... If only all period procedurals were as good as this' THE TIMES
'The latest of Khan's excellent thrillers set in post-war Bombay is a vivid portrait of a society remaking itself in the new era of independence'MAIL ON SUNDAY
'A delightful book, well-researched, complex and hugely entertaining' ANN CLEEVES
'A twisting plot and an intriguing cast of characters, together with vivid glimpses of the vibrant, complex world of post-Independence Bombay - and a narrative that thunders along with the pace and drama of an elephant on the rampage' ANDREW TAYLOR

Bombay, 1950
When the body of a white man is found frozen in the Himalayan foothills near Dehra Dun, he is christened the Ice Man by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed?

As Inspector Persis Wadia and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case in Bombay, they uncover a trail left behind by the enigmatic Ice Man - a trail leading directly into the dark heart of conspiracy.

Meanwhile, two new murders grip the city. Is there a serial killer on the loose, targeting Europeans?

Rich in atmosphere, the thrilling third chapter in the CWA Historical Dagger-winning Malabar House series pits Persis against a mystery from beyond the grave, unfolding against the backdrop of a turbulent post-colonial India, a nation struggling to redefine itself in the shadow of the Raj.

'Khan writes with a charming formality and brings his characters and their dilemmas to life in this intelligent and intriguing series' LITERARY REVIEW
'A rip-roaring adventure with a formidable woman at its heart' AMBROSE PARRY
'A stunning, richly imagined and downright thrilling mystery. Vaseem Khan has that rare ability to transport you wholly to a bygone time, and he does so with such skill and charm. I loved it' CHRIS WHITAKER
'One of my top reads this year. A peerless portrait of early independent India through the eyes of new crime fiction star, India's first police detective, Persis Wadia' BARBARA NADEL
"The brilliant Persis Wadia is one of the most electrifying figures in crime fiction today. Vaseem Khan keeps getting better and better' WILLIAM SHAW
'Outstanding' IMRAN MAHMOOD
'This is historical crime fiction at its sharpest' SUNDAY TIMES
'Vaseem Khan gets better with each book. A triumph! An intriguing mystery, a wonderfully realized historical setting and characters that make you fall in love with them' STEVE CAVANAGH
'Think Mick Herron in Bombay' THE TIMES, Audiobook of the Week

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529341102
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 616 g
Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Hard, realistic and fascinatingly hard to decipher. Persis is a terrific character - On Magazine

Vaseem Khan's friction-free ascent to pole position in historical crime is consolidated by The Lost Man of Bombay. Much to relish here - Financial Times

What should you expect from a good historical mystery? Well, a decent mystery, obviously, and interesting characters to guide you through the plot, plus some inside knowledge of a place or period in history you are unfamiliar with. The Lost Man of Bombay by Vaseem Khan ticks all those boxes, and probably more, with ease - SHOTS

The hugely entertaining result is not unlike an India(na) Jones adventure: history and mystery mixed with brutal slapstick, thwarted romance and sly humour . . . Malabar House is a subcontinental version of Mick Herron's Slough House . . . If only all period procedurals were as good as this - The Times

Khan writes with a charming formality and brings his characters and their dilemmas to life in this intelligent and intriguing series - Literary Review

British writer Vaseem Khan has shown quite comprehensively that he can write historical crime fiction well - Asian Media Group

The latest of Khan's excellent thrillers set in post-war Bombay is a vivid portrait of a society remaking itself in the new era of independence - Mail on Sunday

A brilliant whodunnit mingling fascinating history, the flavours of India and a Himalayan blizzard of clues - The Sun

Vaseem Khan doesn't only spin a fast-moving, well-plotted story; he deftly illuminates the religious rivalries that beset post-colonial India. Think Mick Herron in Bombay: inventive characterisation made laugh-aloud funny by Maya Saroya's pacey, often caustic narration - The Times, Audiobook of the Week

Vivid, bracing crime writing married to a picture of a country seeking its post Raj identity - Financial Times, Books of the Year 2022

Vaseem Khan's excellent series set in post-partition India - Guardian, Best Crime & Thrillers of 2022

Written with wit and heart, it's wonderfully entertaining - Daily Express, Books of the Year

His excellent Malabar House series - The Critic

The best historical thriller of the year - Daily Express

If only all period procedurals were as good as this - The Times

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“Brilliant crime story - but also so many other layers - loved it!”

It's taken me a while to review this after finishing, mainly because I loved it on so many different levels. Story takes place in recently post-colonial India of the 1950s. The main character, Persis Wadia is... More

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“Action packed crime”

I hadn’t read any of the other books in the Malabar House series so I didn’t know what to expect. I am usually dubious of starting to read a series midway through but I didn’t find that I needed the extra context to... More

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“Excellent Read”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
I am most definitely a fan of both of Vaseem's crimes series so always exciting to get an early review copy.
Very much love the new lead character Persis in... More

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