Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra
A Novel

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Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize.

Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

 

About Vikram Chandra

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Vikram Chandra is the author of the novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain (Commonwealth Writers' Prize; David Higham Prize), and the short story collection Love and Longing in Bombay (Commonwealth Writers' Prize; New York Times Notable Book). Born in New Delhi, he divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 933 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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A novel about an Indian crime kingpin and the Sikh police inspector who tracks him down.

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Publishers Weekly

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Mumbai in all its seedy glory is at the center of Vikram Chandra's episodic novel, which follows the fortunes of two opposing characters: the jaded Sikh policeman, Sartaj Singh, who first appea

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BC Books

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As big, ambitious, multi-layered, contradictory, funny, sad, scary, violent, tender, complex, and irresistible as India itself.

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A great story, with amazing characters, and incredible atmosphere written by a superlative writer - what more could you ask for?

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An epic terrorist thriller of gumshoes and gurus in India, and how to "live every minute and die every moment.”

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Book Reporter

Mumbai is a city that presents a squalid and beautiful backdrop for this tale of man's search for meaning, as it desperately tries to rise above itself through the playing of sacred games.

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India Today

You never know how big your catch will be in the end."In the end, we know, in the big bad world of Vikram Chandra, the art of storytelling alone remains sacred.

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A hardened criminal and a jaded cop play a game of cat

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