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Author: Vikram Chandra
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670999229
Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of detective Sartaj Singh, and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.
Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs in the Mumbai police force, 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 G-company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize.
Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a sprawling, magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing on the best of Victorian fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's years of first-hand research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games reads like a potboiling page-turner but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.
A writer who is simultaneously a master storyteller and a master stylist.
-Francis King, Spectator
Chandra has a sureness of touch and mastery of structure that are deeply satisfying.
-Shashi Tharoor, New York Times Book Review
His prose is elegant and various. His imagination is visionary.
-Lucy Hughes-Hallett, London Times
Chandra has that magical ability to take you into an imagined world and go on and on surprising and delighting you with his inventiveness.
Siege in Kailashpada
Ganesh Gaitonde Sells His Gold
Going Towards Home
Ganesh Gaitonde Acquires Land
Inset: A House in a Distant City
Burying the Dead
Ganesh Gaitonde Winds and Election
Inset: The Great Game
Ganesh Gaitonde is recruited
A Woman in Distress
Ganesh Gaitonde is Recruited Again
Ganesh Gaitonde Explores the Self
Ganesh Gaitonde Makes a Film
Inset: Five Fragments, Scattered in time
Ganesh Gaitonde Remakes Himself
The End of the World
Ganesh Gaitonde Goes Home
Inset: Two Deaths, in Cities Far from Home