24 Patwardhan Cross. The solitary bone that surfaces in the garden there doesnt mean much to police surgeon Dr Q or Inspector Savio. But Lalli, who collects curiosities, finds it curious. Things get curiouser when a dying gigolo whispers the address in terror, and curiouser still when a mummified finger with a chic manicure turns up in the same garden.
Lalli might have ignored these curiosities, had there not been a child at the heart of the matter
As she investigates what makes this garden grow, Lalli uncovers a gruesome tale.
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Considered one of the greatest fiction writers in Hindi, Premchand (1880 1936) was born Dhanpat Rai in Lamahi, a small village near Banaras. He wrote in Urdu under the name of Nawab Rai and changed his name to Premchand when his collection of short stories, Soz-e-vatan, was seized for sedition in 1908. In a prolific career spanning three decades, Premchand wrote about a dozen novels, two plays, almost three hundred short stories and several articles, reviews and editorials. He edited three magazines, and also set up his own printing press. Though best known for his stories exposing the horrors of poverty and social injustice, he wrote on a variety of themes with equal facility romance, satire, social dramas, nationalist tales, and yarns steeped in folklore. Manju Jain retired as Professor from the Department of English, University of Delhi. She is the author of T.S. Eliot and American Philosophy: The Harvard Years and A Critical Reading of the Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot. She has also edited the collection Narratives of Indian Cinema.Review:
Lalli is the first credible Indian woman detective in the English language --Hindustan Times
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