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The Village Of Widows Paperback – 1 May 2004

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  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0552770787
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0552770781
  • Publisher : Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: : English
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When a diplomat at the Madagascan Embassy in Delhi is stabbed to death in seemingly scandalous and mysterious circumstances, the ambassador asks his old friend and fellow chess enthusiast, Jay Samorin, to help find the murderer as quickly and discretely as possible. Samorin is a man with a profound interest in the nature of evil and an unorthodox approach to criminal psychology. The Delhi police are also involved, and the Deputy Commissioner put in charge of the investigation is Anna Khan - recently transferred from Kashmir where her ruthless pursuit of suspected terrorists had threatened to cause a scandal. Wary of each other, Samorin and Khan each have highly personal reasons for their obsession with such crime: his father, a war hero, was hanged for the murder of his mother, while her husband was killed by Kashmiri Mujahedeen, and they become uneasy allies in the hunt for the killer. Untangling a web of corruption, medical malpractice and embezzlement of foreign aid, their quest takes them into the darker recesses of their own lives and beyond as they explore older, deeper mysteries that lie outside the more usual boundaries of a criminal investigation.

The trail they follow is fraught with danger - a trail that leads them to the village of widows...

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When a diplomat at the Madagascan embassy in Delhi is stabbed to death in mysterious and quite possibly scandalous circumstances, the ambassador calls upon his old friend Jay Samorin to help find the murderer as quickly and discreetly as possible. In his somewhat unorthodox approach to solving crimes, Samorin crosses swords with the police officer put in charge of the investigation, Deputy Commissioner Anna Kahn, recently transferred from Kashmir where her zealous pursuit of suspected terrorists threatened to cause uproar. But it transpires that each has an intensely personal reason for their obsession with murder: Samorin's father, a pilot and war hero, was hanged for the murder of his mother, while Anna's husband was killed by the Kashmiri Mujahadeen.

Forming an uneasy alliance, the gifted amateur and jaded professional start to untangle a shocking web of corruption, prostitution and callous medical malpractice. The trail they follow is fraught with danger, tainted by the older, deeper mysteries that lie outside the more traditional boundaries of a criminal investigation - a trail leading back through the darker recesses of their own lives to that elusive, haunted place known as the village of widows...

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