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Available From 15 July 2021
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Released August 7, 2021
ISBN 9781529341065

£16.99

A priceless manuscript. A missing scholar. A trail of riddles.


Bombay, 1950


For over a century, one of the world's great treasures, a six-hundred-year-old copy of Dante's The Divine Comedy, has been safely housed at Bombay's Asiatic Society. But when it vanishes, together with the man charged with its care, British scholar and war hero, John Healy, the case lands on Inspector Persis Wadia's desk.
Uncovering a series of complex riddles written in verse, Persis - together with English forensic scientist Archie Blackfinch - is soon on the trail. But then they discover the first body.
As the death toll mounts it becomes evident that someone else is also pursuing this priceless artefact and will stop at nothing to possess it . . .


Harking back to an era of darkness, this second thriller in the Malabar House series pits Persis, once again, against her peers, a changing India, and an evil of limitless intent.
Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan's trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.

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Vaseem Khan

Vaseem Khan is the author of the Baby Ganesh Agency crime novels set in modern Mumbai, India. His aim with the series is to take readers on a journey to the heart of modern India, showcasing both the colour and darker aspects of this incredible country. The first novel in his new historical crime series set in 1950s India, MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE, features India's first female police detective.

His first book THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA was a Times Bestseller and an Amazon Best Debut. The second in the series THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN won the 2017 Shamus Award for Best Original Private Investigator Paperback. The third, THE STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE OF A BOLLYWOOD STAR focused on India's movie industry, and the fourth, MURDER AT THE GRAND RAJ PALACE, was described by Publisher's Weekly as “the best entry in the series to date”. The fifth is called BAD DAY AT THE VULTURE CLUB.
Vaseem was born in London in 1973, studied finance at the London School of Economics, before spending a decade on the subcontinent. He returned to the UK in 2006 and has since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

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