My GM at the bookstore handed me an advanced reader's copy that he got from the Penguin rep. I guess he figured I'd like it, as it did win the Costa First Novel Award and the author is South Asian. I also tend to like well-written literary detective novels. The idea behind this story, (child sexual abuse, infanticide, foeticide, and other forms of corruption in contemporary Indian culture) seemed like it would be heavy-handed. This would make for a great work of non-fiction if the real story behind this poorly written narrative were to come to light in a different genre. I think this would work fine for genre mystery reader's who may expect less in writing style than traditional literature, but that may not be the case either as there are a lot of great mystery writers who are great not only because of their stories but primarily because of the writing style. The protagonist is rather a pathetic stereotype of a hard-drinking hard-boiled detective but without the real tough guy exterior traits, as the character is a woman and a bit of a psychological head-case. I don't think that more novels based on this character would be a good idea, but then a first novel doesn't always come out great in style.

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