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 Chain of Custody
"Anita Nair is one of India’s most successful poets and novelists. This is the second in a vivid series of crime novels set in her home city, Bangalore, where prostitution exists side-by-side with extraordinary wealth.Nair is an accomplished writer, and she uses this searing novel to expose the hideous and all-too-real world of child-trafficking." Times-London
"Just finished this. Fine follow-up to @anitanairauthor's first Inspector Gowda book. Harrowing but compassionate tale of modern India." Ian Rankin
"Nair’s satisfying second Bangalore police procedural (after 2014’s A Cut-Like Wound) reflects the speed of change in modern urban India while providing a reminder that age-old dangers are never far from the surface. Readers will look forward to spending more time in Gowda’s agreeable company." Publishers Weekly