The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator (Paperback)
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July 2009 Indie Next List
“Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, is part Hercule Poirot and part Precious Ramotswe -- with a nod to Sherlock Holmes, deploying his team of undercover operatives in Delhi with shrewd skill. He's an old-fashioned, principled man, not afraid of modern technology as it changes the face of India. Irresistible, this quirky story should appeal to readers of every stripe, mystery and non.”
— Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ
Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swath through modern India’s swindlers, cheats, and murderers.
In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers 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. With his team of undercover operatives—Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream—Puri combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than two thousand years ago, and reveals modern India in all its seething complexity.
About the Author
Tarquin Hall is a British author and journalist who has lived and worked throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He is the author of "The Case of the Missing Servant", "The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing", and "The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken", along with dozens of articles and three works of nonfiction, including the highly acclaimed "Salaam Brick Lane", an account of a year spent living above a Bangladeshi sweatshop in London's notorious East End. He lives in Delhi with his wife, Indian-born journalist Anu Anand, and their son.
"Vish Puri is the most original detective in years. Tarquin Hall has captured India in a way few Western writers have managed since Kipling. The country's humor, commotion, and vibrancy bursts from every page, exposing its vast, labyrinthine underbelly. Scintillating!" -- Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House
"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