The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator (A Vish Puri Mystery)

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Meet Vish Puri, India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swath through modern India's swindlers, cheats, and murderers.

In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri's 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 Puri's 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 potshots at him and his prize chili 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 before "that Johnny-come-lately" Sherlock Holmes donned his deerstalker.

The search for Mary takes him to the desert oasis of Jaipur and the remote mines of Jharkhand. From Puri's well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, his adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.
 

About Tarquin Hall

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Tarquin Hall has lived and worked throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He has also written dozens of articles and three works of nonfiction. He and his family live in Delhi.
 
Published June 16, 2009 by Simon & Schuster. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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India's Most Private Investigator uses stealth, cunning and above all discretion to turn the tables on a killer.

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Vish Puri, the head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators Ltd., tackles a rather prosaic domestic case in this first of a projected series, the fiction debut of British author Hall (<EMPHASIS TYPE=

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Vish Puri, the head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators Ltd., tackles a rather prosaic domestic case in this first of a projected series, the fiction debut of British author Hall (<EMPHASIS TYPE=

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The divide between rich and poor, the confusion and dislocation of Delhi, the rigidly stratified social system–Hall builds them all up around Puri so we understand not only the detective, but the world he lives in.’ THE DIE IS CAST [...].

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