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The Village of Widows

by Ravi Shankar Etteth

The novel begins with the brutal and mysterious murder of a diplomat in the Madagascan embassy in Delhi. Two unlikely investigators - one a chess playing amateur, the other a jaded professional join forces in the hunt for the killer. Both have a past; and both are obsessed with evil. It's a trail that takes them deep into a world of corruption, deceit and family secrets.

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'It was abnormal, the way you saw the murder in your mind. Almost as if you had done it yourself. 'Read Chesterton's Adventures of Father Brown. That gentle, Catholic priest becomes a murderer in his own mind each time evil is committed.' 'Do you, too, then become the murderer?' Anna asked. 'Worse, I become death's darkest angel, Samorin said, his voice twisted with a sudden, fierce pain.' I empathize with evil. I become its dark landscape, its bloody rivers flow through me, feeding the carniverous vegetation. And, within myself, I set a trap for the serpent.' I do not know anyone who talks like you,' Anna said, 'it's very melodramatic.'

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Bombay Ice by Leslie Forbes
The Tiger by the River by Ravi Shankar Etteth
 

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