In this contemporary Romeo and Juliet story set within
India’s caste system, private investigator Vish Puri faces his most difficult
challenge to date—a high-stakes mystery involving one of India’s most
controversial commodities: love.
When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman’s parents
are dead set against the union. She’s from a high-caste family, but her
boyfriend is an untouchable from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young
Tulsi’s father locks her up and promises to hunt down and kill the “lover boy
dog.” Fortunately, India’s Love Commandos, a real-life group of volunteers
dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. They successfully
free Tulsi, but Ram has gone missing.
The task of finding him falls to India’s “most private investigator.”
Unfortunately, Vish Puri is not having a good month. He’s already failed to
recover the millions stolen from the First National Bank of Punjab; his wallet
has been stolen; and worst of all, his arch rival, investigator Hari Kumar, is
also trying to locate Ram. To solve the case and reunite the star-crossed
lovers, Puri and his team of misfit assistants must infiltrate Ram’s village
and navigate the caste politics shaped by millennia-old prejudices.
Critics hailed the The
Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, the last installment in the Vish Puri Mysteries,
as Tarquin Hall’s best yet, saying that each book is “more complicated and
dangerous than the one before” (Huffington
Post). Now, with The Case of the Love
Commandos, Hall keeps raising the stakes, delivering more twists, turns,
and surprises than ever before.
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