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THE THRILLING NEW MYSTERY FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE ‘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.
‘A compelling historical thriller … Codes, crime and conspiracies collide in post-colonial India’ D.V. BISHOP
‘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 best – a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly engaging heroine. A highly promising new series’ MAIL ON SUNDAY ‘This is historical crime fiction at its sharpest’ SUNDAY TIMES
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