‘Wait!’Lalli’s voice rang out. ‘You’re here for news, so let me give it to you. Last evening some of you watched me drag the body of Parikshit Joshi from the fire. I was too late. He was dead already. You will read in the papers tomorrow that his blood was full of a drug that made him lose his balance and fall into the flames.’
Since Kalpana Swaminathan’s first whodunit, The Page 3 Murders, was published ten years ago, Lalli—stylish, sixty and silver-haired—has been one of the most memorable detectives in Indian fiction. Lalli returns in this brilliant page-turner, a collection of seven stories, to solve some of the strangest, most complex cases of her career.
Heart of India. Set in UP in the mid and late 1980s, this is a brilliant collection—marked by warmth, wisdom, wit and an effortless understanding of the social and political realities of life in the villages of northern India at a time of change that preceded the economic liberalization of 1991.