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Chain of Custody (Inspector Gowda) Paperback – 10 Jun 2016
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Praise for A Cut-Like Wound "I loved this book and was constantly gripped. Anita Nair's writing in some moments has photographic qualities, in others the precision of surgeon's scalpel; and always the great inner warmth of the human heart. Truly astounding writing."- Peter James, author of 'Dead Simple' In this exceptional police procedural, Nair immerses her readers in Bangalore's alluring and sinister melange 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. PW Starred Those who enjoy international settings will surely enjoy the well-drawn tension between modern and traditional Indian culture, Gowda s steady confidence, and the heady immersion in Bangalore s hidden recesses. Booklist Anita Nair is a feminist and highly regarded Indian novelist. As startling a debut crime novel as you are likely to read. This is a troubling novel about men and sexual identity, ending with a shattering and unexpected revelation. Sunday Times Nair captures the seedy side of shiny new India vividly, and Inspector Gowda with his weary self-knowledge; his secret, his stagnating marriage and his confusion when an old flame re-enters his life is a welcome addition to the ranks of flawed-but-lovable fictional cops. Guardian "
About the Author
Anita Nair lives in Bangalore and is a prize winning, internationally acclaimed author, playwright, and essayist. Her novel 'Ladies Coupe', first published in the US by St. Martin's Press, is a feminist classic. SMP also published 'The Lilac House' by her. 'A Cut-Like Wound'and 'Chain of Custody' are part of the Inspector Gowda Series.
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"Global warming, he thought. Trees cut in the Amazon basin were leading to climate change, Urmila said. You don’t need to look that far, he thought, propping the pillows against the headboard. Trees being cut all over Bangalore and the buildings that seemed to pop up overnight like mushrooms after a thunderstorm, they caused it too. Climate change. And not just change in weather patterns but human behaviour too. There were over five lakh migrant workers in Bangalore, most of them men. They would do whatever it took to satiate their needs and feel in control instead of languishing as lowly pawns in the fabric of society."
A passage from " The chain of Custody" by Anita Niar is quite eloquent about how our society breeds crime like boils filled with muck but covered from outside. She does quite a good job of showcasing the path of crime that runnels through our social maps. The child and women trafficking racquets to which each of our little weaknesses stand open to be exploited, when we are blissfully unaware thinking that these things happen to others. The murky and exhausting jobs of the police department and the child and women welfare officers are eye openers towards the prejudices that we hold for them. And in the end, a realization about the human psyche that decides what it needs to believe irrespective of any evidence contrary to it, including the police, the criminals and the common man. A worthwhile read !
Inspector Gowda didn't contribute much into the conclusion of case. Things just started falling into place themselves and every matter got resolved.
One things saving the grace of this literary work was visualistic description of places and events.
After your reading, you start looking at the city differently. Will make a nice thriller movie series in the hands of a great director.
Downside - quite dark when she goes in detail about child abuse etc.
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