A Cut-Like Wound

Anita Nair. Bitter Lemon, $14.95 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-908524-36-2
In this exceptional police procedural, Indian author Nair (The Better Man) adds yet another middle-aged, crisis-stricken, and world-weary detective to the contemporary mystery canon. Bangalore's Insp. Borei Gowda is an honest man, his integrity earning him only marginalization within a system increasingly flooded by abandoned investigations and crooked officers solely pursuing the power of the uniform. Gowda's superior would prefer to ignore a series of grisly strangling murders, but that doesn't stop Gowda and his idealistic young assistant, Santosh, from doggedly unraveling a web of political corruption involving a fanatical local official and a subculture of "hijras"—transgender individuals often driven to prostitution in the city's shadowy underbelly. Nair immerses her readers in Bangalore's alluring and sinister mélange of Hindu and Moslem cultures, revealing a people afflicted by the inability to allow unqualified praise for anything or anyone. Complex, psychologically deep characters are a plus. (July)
Reviewed on: 07/28/2014
Release date: 07/01/2014
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