Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A Son of the Circus
Against this backdrop, the dogged Inspector Patel is working to solve a case of serial murders, with the help of this hodge-podge of characters. The plot flies all over the place with total abandon. The murderer is clear from the beginning, and the test is in catching the culprit with enough evidence to convict.
An indication of the quirkiness of the plot is the following line: "Dr. Daruwalla's awareness that the source of his conversion to Christianity was the love bite of a transsexual serial killer had further diminished the doctor's already declining religious zeal". Now strain to think of the plot development that led to that line occurring in the latter stages of the book!
I found this book quite interesting, because it takes place in India, and I'm traveling in India. When our guide pointed out that the well-dressed beggar banging on our window at a red light was in fact a eunuch, I was immediately able to identify the person as a hijra, whose male sexual organs had been brutally removed (you don't want to know the details). Whether I would find this interesting if it weren't for this connection, I'm not really sure.