He is to escort an infamous confidence trickster from Calcutta to Mumbai by railway. Ghote is looking forward to relaxing in air-conditioned comfort on the Calcutta Mail train as it passes through the beautiful Indian scenery, but his travelling companions make the journey far from restful. Bhattacharya from Calcutta to Mumbai. Bhattacharya made a fortune selling wax fakes of ancient Indian statues as the real thing. An American professor exposed him with a cigar lighter but Bhattacharya escaped.
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Contact Us The Books H. Intended as a one-off it was so successful in America as well as the UK that Keating decided to use the character in a series. But Inspector Ghote finds that his demands for evidence are met with nothing but lies and evasions.
He is also plagued by a gang of street urchins whose intelligent powers of observation could have been useful instead of which they hinder him at every turn. Despite all this he pursues his investigation sticking to his principles. Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes Investigating a far from simple murder of an American visitor to Bombay, Ghote has difficulty sorting out where his loyalties lie as he gradually finds himself caught in meshes.
The case culminates in a gun battle in which the well-known erotic carvings of Indian temple architecture play an unexpected part. Inspector Ghote Hunts the Peacock Inspector Ghote comes to London… The Indian police inspector is here to attend an international conference and deliver a paper on drug smuggling but is hounded by relatives living in London who insist he tries to find their niece, Ranee, known as the Peacock, who has vanished — kidnapped, murdered, so her relatives allege, by a notorious pop singer.
As Ghote struggles in a wet drizzly London to find time for both the Conference and his bizarre search he also has to come to terms with a rather different London from the one he had imagined in his dreams. Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker Inspector Ghote is faced by one of his oddest cases when he is ordered to prevent a murder — the killing of a precious flamingo in the Bombay zoo.
And then there is the racehorse fancied to win the local Derby, which gets replaced by a donkey… Ghote finds things going disastrously as bit by bit he unearths the traces of a monstrous practical joker.
But then the fun stops — and Inspector Ghote has a more serious murder on his hands. Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg Inspector Ghote of the Bombay Police finds himself investigating a murder in a small, provincial town. He is told to pin the crime squarely on the town boss, a figure of almost despotic power. Nor is this all. The local holy man has embarked on a fast-to-death against any investigations. So as this Swami sinks nearer to his end, Ghote, in the face of obstruction of every kind, attempts swiftly to find his answer, experiencing in his own diffident yet resolute personality the truth of the adage that an omelette is not made without breaking eggs.
Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Goes By Train The assignment was, apparently, routine but Inspector Ghote decides, despite the plan meaning he has to take unpaid leave to cover the extra time that going by train rather than flying involves, hopes to relax on the Calcutta Mail as it surges across the breadth of the Indian subcontinent. Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Trusts the Heart In the place of the son of a rich manufacturer, the son of a poor tailor is mistakenly kidnapped.
Ghote is given the case and he sees it as part of his task to persuade the rich man to pay the ransom his poor employee cannot possibly find. There is heart-in-mouth tension amid a vividly evoked back-street Bombay but also a Ghote pushed to the very limits in his fight with the rich man and his wife to achieve the morally correct solution. Will he in fact teeter over the edge of those limits? The reader has to reach the very last page to know the answer. When this adventure begins, he has already been relegated to the anti-pickpocket patrol, where he promptly gets himself into a fearful fix.
Before long comes a topsy-turvy transfer to the Bats, as the specially selected officers of the Black-money and Allied Transactions Squad proudly call themselves.
There Ghote is in worse straits, under compulsion to suspect every move and every word of his new super-efficient colleagues; he is also plagued by black thoughts about his loved ones at home. Audiobook available here Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote After writing eight Ghote novels relying on research and imagination, this is the book Keating chose to write when he had returned from experiencing the real India as well as the madness of Bollywood, the film capital of India.
But with the help of an ever resourceful gossip columnist, Ghote has soon assembled a list of three very likely suspects. Ghote could easily make a case for each of them wanting the great Dhartiraj off the boards and into permanent retirement.
Amid all this enticing tinsel the modest and sane Ghote is almost in danger of succumbing to visions of his own glittering success if he can solve the case. Audiobook available here Inspector Ghote Draws a Line How do you guard a man who passes off anonymous threats on his life as mere foolishness? Ghote has been sent across the world by a Sindhi businessman to remove his daughter from a Californian ashram retreat. And he has to deal with an American Private Eye of appalling brashness as well as a swami who is part miracle-worker, part charlatan.
But then his troubles really begin when there is a murder and the chief suspect is none other than the highly respected Sheriff of Bombay, ex-Rajah and former captain of the Indian cricket team. His evidence is based on his own sighting of the man leaving the house of ill-fame but to get proof what humiliations will he have to suffer?
What sights will he see? Who will he encounter? And above all how will he explain what he has learnt to his wife? Under a Monsoon Cloud A. In a fit of righteous temper, Kelkar throws an inkpot at a foolish sergeant, killing him. No-one seems to suspect that there has been a cover-up.
Kelkar kills himself and Ghote has to face an official inquiry on his own. There is a brilliant, totally unexpected though very Indian ending to the story. Dead On Time As much a treatise on time as it is a murder investigation into the death of ultra-rich Ramrao Pendke, who while recovering from a kidney transplant operation and out taking exercise, visits the Ticktock watchworks and is bludgeoned to death. The head of the Bombay police backs the prompt arrest made by a pet officer of his, Assistant Inspector Lobo, who has forced a confession out of Rustom Fardoomji, owner of the watch store.
Ghote has doubts about the confession. He also agrees with the relatives of the accused: Fardoomji would have no reason to do away with a wealthy customer. Plagued on the one hand by a Director General of Police obsessed with rigorous punctuality and on the other by a powerful landlord determined to preserve a countryside where time is measured not in minutes but by seasons, Ghote finally pins down his man — dead on time.
Inspector Ghote His Life and Crimes Assembled to celebrate twenty-five years in print for Ghote, this is a collection of short stories featuring the Inspector some of which have previously appeared in magazines and newspapers.
In an introduction Keating lays before us the very real story of how Ghote came into existence and flourished between and taking in as well the complications of being the centre of TV and radio programmes. But he also charts his own progress as a writer during those years of writing about India and this particular Indian. The Iciest Sin The iciest sin is blackmail, and that chilling crime is at the heart of this unusual mystery. Forced into undertaking an investigation into crimes stemming from blackmail Ghote is thrust, despite many misgivings, into illegal activities.
Unnoticed witness to the justified? Balanced on the knife-edge of his own conscience, he ponders denying all that his life and career have stood for: Inspector Ghote contemplates the ultimate solution. Cheating Death Under orders from New Delhi, Inspector Ghote is sent to look into the theft and sale of exam papers from one of the most deplorable outlying colleges of Bombay University. At first glance all seems straightforward.
The chief suspect, Bala Chambhar, has attempted suicide and Principal Bembalkar has admitted leaving his office safe unlocked. But life is never easy for Ghote and he soon finds himself head-over-heels in the often farcical world of Indian college life with struggles on the Board of Trustees over who should run the college and student protests leading to kidnapping and violence.
There is no puzzle. From the second page we know that the ambitious politician, H. Verna has killed a woman because she was likely to reveal a damaging secret about his past. The victim is a former Minister and a national figure as a veteran freedom fighter, and when Ghote suspects the local Inspector has got it wrong in arresting a servant, and that the crime committed in Bombay had its origins in Benares, he is given freedom to investigate.
Have I? The door of the room is locked. Was this a tragic accident? Ghote starts asking questions — if the snake-handler had locked himself in, where was his key? Could the door have been locked from the outside? Who else had a key? And is the murderer someone who works at the Institute? By this time Ghote is unsure that he really wants to know the answer. But the house is in a state of disrepair and inhabited by squatters. Ghote detects a whiff of corruption, and it extends way up the political ladder.
He attempts to investigate but finds more and more evidence of corruption. All Bombay is buzzing with news of the murder of Anil Ajmani. It is certainly a baffling case, for the millionaire was found stabbed to death in his heavily guarded and tightly secured mansion. Every inspector in the Crime Branch hopes to be the one to nail the killer and that includes Inspector Ganesh Ghote. Unfortunately, he is not assigned to the case.
Instead, he has been given the less glorious task of tracking down a cat burglar, nicknamed Yeshwant, who has been scaling apartment buildings in the dead of night to steal valuable pieces of jewellery. And in so doing, unexpectedly finds that he may be the one to solve the murder of Anil Ajmani after all.
Keating returns to writing about Ghote after a nine year gap. Newly-promoted Inspector Ghote is thrilled to be joining the prestigious Crime Branch and pleased to be granted casual leave until he takes up his post, as it allows him to spend time with his heavily pregnant wife. Worried that Protima, his wife, is on the point of giving birth, Ghote nevertheless travels to the distant hill-station home of Mr.
Especially when he recognises the officer in charge, Darrani, well-known for his closed-mindedness. Ghote is determined to investigate further, with a Hamlet-esque awareness of how deceiving appearances can really be and all the time agitated about Protima left behind in Bombay.
Finally sitting at his own desk in his own office Ghote waits to be assigned to his first prestigious case. Before this happens he makes a highly unpleasant discovery — the severed head of a lowly peon in his waste-paper basket. Throughout the book Ghote tries to investigate this death against the orders of his superior officer — Crime Branch deals only with crimes committed against people in the higher reaches of society.
His unofficial investigation takes him to the graphically described poorest areas of Bombay while his official case sees him among the rich — trying to disentangle the lives of those where money is more important than morals — until eventually everything in both cases is resolved and, for once, what has been a very difficult relationship with his new boss, the head of Crime Branch, is brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Harriet Martens.
Inspector Ghote Series
A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? Keating actually wrote the first novel, without ever having been to India. It was not until ten years after he began writing about the country of India that he actually visited. He is married to Protima, who is an argumentative, beautiful, spirited, and loving woman. Ghote finds he must spend almost as much of his time battling with the Indian criminal justice system bureaucracy as he does actually fighting criminals. He also does not get much respect from the often powerful and rich people he has to investigate in his work. In the end, however, he usually wins due to pure doggedness.
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