Chain of Custody
What does thirteen-year-old Nandita’s disappearance have to do with the murder of a well-known lawyer in a gated community? As Gowda investigates, he becomes embroiled in Bangalore’s child-trafficking racket. Negotiating insensitive laws, indifferent officials and uncooperative witnesses, he finds himself in a race against time to rescue Nandita from one of the most depraved criminal rings he has ever encountered. Children often pick up by scouts on trains or abducted on the streets of villages are brought to the city. If lucky they are forced into slave-like domestic service or factory work--the boys mostly. The less lucky—the girls, end up in brothels, under heavy and brutal guard. Gowda’s splendid detective skills are tested to their limit in this fast-paced story.
Praise for Cut-Like Wound by Anita Nair:
‘Anita Nair is a feminist and highly regarded Indian novelist. A Cut-Like Wound is as startling a debut crime novel as you are likely to read this year” Sunday Times
“Nair captures the seedy side of shiny new India vividly, and Inspector Gowda – with his weary self-knowledge; his secret, wistfully aspirational biker tattoo; his stagnating marriage and his confusion when an old flame re-enters his life – is a welcome addition to the ranks of flawed-but-lovable fictional cops.” Guardian
“Nair immerses her readers in Bangalore's alluring and sinister mélange of Hindu and Moslem cultures, revealing a people afflicted by the inability to allow unqualified praise for anything or anyone. Complex, psychologically deep characters are a plus.” Publishers Weekly