Sacred Games: An Angie Amalfi Mystery

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An enormously satisfying, exciting and enriching book, Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the lives of detective Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Sartaj, the only Sikh inspector in the whole of Mumbai, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But 'the silky Sikh' is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip off as to the secret hideout of the legendary boss of the G-company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize.

This is a sprawling, epic novel of friendships and betrayals, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its underworld. Drawing on the best of Victorian fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Vikram Chandra's years of first hand research on the streets of Mumbai, this novel reads like a potboiling page-turner but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

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To win is to lose everything and the game always wins. This is a novel of friendships and betrayals, violence and loss set in the vibrant city of Mumbai.

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'A saga full of social upheaval and personal violence, spanning
decades and touching on every aspect of the city's life.' -- Lucy Hughes Hallett, Sunday Times

'Absorbing ... each chapter ends in a manner so tantalising as to
make you catch your breath.' -- Soumya Bhattacharya, Independent

'An epic thriller which doubles as an anatomy of modern India.' -- Adam Mars Jones, Observer

'Ane could read it seven times over and still be finding new
treasures; missed flourishes of virtuosity.' -- Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph

'One of the most exhilarating reads of 2006.' -- Angel Gurria-Quintana, Books of the Year, Financial Times

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