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Case Of The Missing Servant - Vish Puri Is An Indian Poirot Financial Times

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by Tarquin Hall  
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Acclaimed writer Tarquin Hall makes his fiction debut with an Indian detective story

About: The Case of the Missing Servant

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

In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres 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 pot shots at him and his prize chilli 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 his well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, Puri’s adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.

  • In the bestselling tradition of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
  • Bursting with energy and unforgettable characters who bring to life the chaotic vivacity of Delhi
  • Author is an established journalist and non-fiction writer with media connections
  • Excellent reviews in the UK and internationally
  • Second Vish Puri novel, The Case of the Man who Died Laughing, coming in Feb 2011


  • 'The most original detective in years. Picture Hercule Poirot with an Indian accent, eating chili pakoras and riding in an auto rickshaw. Tarquin Hall has captured India in a way few Western writers have managed since Kipling. India's humor, commotion and vibrancy bursts from every page, exposing its vast, labyrinthine underbelly. Scintillating!' - Tahir Shah, author of THE CALIPH'S HOUSE
  • 'A brilliantly written humorous tale that vividly captures the sounds, smells and foibles of modern India' - Ayub Khan Din, writer of East is East
  • 'Lively and quick-paced ... What Cara Black does for Paris, Hall achieves for India' - Kirkus
  • 'Tubby, ingenious and hilarious, Delhi’s most trusted PI, Vish Puri, is not easily forgotten. Properly disdainful of unoriginal crime-busters like Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, his unique methods of detection deserve to be widely known and feted.' - DAVID DAVIDAR, author of The Solitude of Emperors

Author Biography: Tarquin Hall

Tarquin Hall is a writer and journalist who has lived and worked in much of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US. He is the author of Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits: Adventures of an Under-age Journalist; To the Elephant Graveyard; and Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End. He is married to the journalist Anu Anand and lives in Delhi and London.


Details Of Book : Case Of The Missing Servant - Vish Puri ...

Book: Case Of The Missing Servant - Vish Puri Is An Indian Poirot Financial Times
ISBN: 0099525232
ISBN-13: 9780099525233
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2010-08-19
Publisher: Arrow Books Limited
Number of Pages: 384
Language: English
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