#4 The Case of the Love Commandos – Released October 2013
India’s Love Commandos rescue a young woman from a high caste family bent on marrying an untouchable student called Ram. But the young man is a no-show at the wedding. To find him, Vish Puri must travel into the badlands of rural India where the local politics are shaped by millennia-old caste prejudices.
His archrival, the unethical yet capable Hari Kumar, is also after Ram, making this the most entertaining case yet for the gormandizing Punjabi detective.
“Puri’s love of food – and Hall’s descriptions of the dishes he enjoys – is one of the delights of this series… As in any Puri novel, a great deal of humour about Puri’s family life is mixed with skilful plotting and realistic descriptions of contemporary’s India’s overflowing street life.” BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW
“Thought provoking and charming… This series has dealt with progressively more serious topics, but Hall…hasn’t lost his light touch.’ PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW
“Once again, India’s Most Private Investigator solves his case with panache.” KIRKUS REVIEWS
“There’s a real feel of India – the heat, the stark contrasts between the rich and the poor, the politics and particularly for the way that the poor are exploited at every turn. You have a sense of being in the middle of it all and I struggle to think of any popular fiction which does this quite so well.” BOOKBAG