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Mistah Bombastic's Gunpowder

A novel set in Bangalore that’s not quite like anything done before in the English language.

Mistah Bombastic's Gunpowder
Mistah Bombastic's Gunpowder
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Indian writing in English is booming. Publishers have never had it better. Nor readers. And as for authors, well, they seem to be crawling out of every plastered wall in the country. Variety, depth, background, industry, audience...every box was being ticked. Really.

Nope, not so. Every publisher knows there’s one humungous gap in his ‘list’: the crime hit, the desi counterpart of a Poirot or a Harry Hole, each epi­sode of whose adventures will be snapped up by thousands, making the year’s bottomlines look blacker than the darkest murder. Over the past year, particula­rly, there’s been a slew of police procedurals—Monabi Mitra’s FIR, starring DSP Bikram Chatterjee, and Anita Nair’s Cut Like Wound, with Inspector Borei Gowda, to name just a couple—but few of these efforts have managed to break away from western narrative templates, despite lingo and locale. Until now.

Pitted against Scandinavian crime fiction, which is having a long season, Mr Majestic—the Tout of...

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