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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing: From the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator
 
 
Author
Tarquin Hall.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781439172384
Pages/Publication Date 309/2010
Daedalus Item Code 32150
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Early one morning, on the lawn of a grand boulevard in central Delhi, the Hindu goddess Kali appears and plunges a sword into the chest of a prominent Indian scientist, who dies in a fit of giggles, in this follow-up to Tarquin Hall's delightful series debut The Case of the Missing Servant. A master of disguise and lover of all things fried and spicy, Vish Puri of India's Most Private Investigators, Ltd., doesn't believe the murder is a supernatural occurrence and sets out to prove who really killed Dr. Suresh Jha. Stopping only to indulge his ample Punjabi appetite, Puri uncovers a network of spirituality, science, and sin unique in the annals of crime and soon finds that solving the case will require all of his earthly faculties.

"Near the start of Hall's highly amusing second Vish Puri whodunit, Dr. Suresh Jha, the founder of the DIRE (Delhi Institute of Rationalism and Education), dies while doing his morning exercises on Delhi's Rajpath with the members of his laughing club, apparently slain by Kali, the four-armed goddess of destruction. In the media frenzy that follows, Inspector Jagat Prakash Singh turns for help to Puri, a believer in miracles, who's nonetheless skeptical of this one. Puri proceeds to unravel the many complications that keep the reader on tenterhooks until the final twist. Hall has an unerring ear for the vagaries of Indian English, the Indian penchant for punning acronyms, peculiarly Indian problems (Guests are kindly requested not to do urination in water), and an obvious affection for India, warts and all."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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