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Spy Girls

Lady cops move over. It's a different chase these Miss Marples are on to.

Spy Girls
Spy Girls
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MURDER, she wrote. Closed the case and handed over the file to her client. The culprit: the victim's brother-in-law. Motive: property dispute. Moving on to the next case assigned to her—investigating a company scam. Jessica Fletcher in a Christiesque whodunit? More like Taralika Lahiri, 37, petite and elegant in her close-cropped hair, who could pass off as any senior executive in a private firm.

In a way she is. Except, her job profile reads like a thriller. Shadowing wives cheating on husbands and vice versa, donning various disguises to ferret information, busting crime rings and upper class prostitution and drug rackets, infiltrating government, semi-government and corporate agencies to dredge out corruption in high places. Is she a cop? That went out of style with Kiran Bedi. Taralika's chosen profession, something which never fails to arouse curiosity, is one very few are aware exists, especially in India. She's a member of a growing clan of women private detectives for whom undercover investigation is an everyday job, the...

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