The Story of My Assassins by Tarun J. Tejpal
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...a tone of urbane, and often comic, bewilderment at the rapacity of his countrymen.
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“Spine chilling … written with flair and clear-eyed acidity.”
— The New Yorker

Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, just as he’s started a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers—a ragtag group of street thugs and village waifs—and their mastermind. Who wanted him dead, and why?
 
But the investigation forces him to reexamine his own life, too—to confront his own notion of himself, his job, and his treatment of the women in his life, as well as his own complex feelings about the country that crafted his would-be killers.
 
Part thriller and part erotic romance, full of dark humor and knife-edged suspense, The Story of My Assassins is a piercing literary novel that takes us from the lavish, hedonistic palaces of India’s elite to its seediest slums. It is a novel of corruption, passion, power, and ambition; of extreme poverty and obscene wealth.
 
It is an awesome adventure into the heart of today’s India.


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About Tarun J. Tejpal

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Tarun J. Tejpal is a journalist, publisher, novelist, and founder of India's leading news magazine, Tehelka. He has been named one of India's most influential people by The Guardian, Businessweek and Asiaweek. A celebrated literary novelist as well as a journalist, his fiction has been awarded France's Prix Mille Pages and was a finalist for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His debut novel, The Alchemy of Desire, was hailed by V.S. Naipaul as "a new and brilliantly original novel from India." Tejpal lives in New Delhi.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Melville House. 546 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jason Burke on Nov 23 2012

The role of Pakistani intelligence may fail to convince entirely but the sex, corruption, brutality and chicanery of contemporary Indian politics, all told with the eye of a journalist but with the verve of a novelist, does.

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Reviewed by Sam Sacks on Sep 21 2012

...a tone of urbane, and often comic, bewilderment at the rapacity of his countrymen.

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Reviewed by Diane Brandley on Sep 25 2012

...there is much to learn about India at its best and its worst. Requiring serious concentration because of the many subplots and gradual, piecemeal revelations, The Story of My Assassins is an ambitious work.

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