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The third incredible novel in the highly acclaimed Malabar House series featuring Persis Wadia, India’s first female police detective. Bombay, 1950 The monsoon has started and as Bombay grapples with rain-induced chaos, a new case arrives at Malabar House. A man has been found frozen in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the town of Dehra Dun, his face crushed. The case is handed to the unflappable Inspector Persis Wadia and the man is christened ‘The Ice Man’ by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed?
As Persis and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case, they uncover a trail left by the enigmatic Ice Man that leads directly into a decades-old conspiracy. Meanwhile, two new murders send ripples of fear through Bombay. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Dark, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan’s trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest. Book one in this series, Midnight at Malabar House, won the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger and was an international ebook bestseller.
Praise for the Malabar House series: ‘This is a crime novel for everyone; for those who love traditional mysteries there are clues, codes and ciphers, but it also had a harder edge and a post-war darkness’ Ann Cleeves ‘Outstanding. I’ve always been a fan of Vaseem Khan but this latest offering is something special and something new’ 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, set on the brink of independence and during a dramatic period of the subcontinent’s history’ Sunday Times
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