The Case of the Love Commandos: From the Files of Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator

Tarquin Hall, Author
Tarquin Hall. Simon & Schuster, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-4516-1326-1
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In Hall’s thought-provoking and charming fourth mystery featuring PI Vish Puri (after 2012’s The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken), a young Delhi couple’s plan to marry runs afoul of the bride’s powerful father, who objects to his future son-in-law’s low caste. The Love Commandos of the title, a group of volunteers who help couples divided by caste, intervene. The festering rot caused by India’s caste system permeates every page, as do the corruption of officials and the systemic abuse of the Dalits, the former Untouchable caste. In addition, a pickpocket with a nagging wife attracts the attention of Mummy-ji, Puri’s mother and unwelcome co-investigator. This series has dealt with progressively more serious topics, but Hall, the author of Salaam Brick Lane and two other works of nonfiction, hasn’t lost his light touch. The recipes at the end are a bonus. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Co. (Oct.)
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