What Are Some Good Indian Detective Fiction
H. R. F. Keating
"Written by a sovereign hand with incredible ease, Keating leads the reader where they want them and offers a mind game that ends in a great (dreamed) finale."
"The mysterious India in its fascinating inexplicability, provided with a strong pinch of British humor, gives the plot an exotic spice through at times rapid narrative pace."
"A psychological masterpiece"
"For fans of subtle detective novels, Inspector Ghote is as relevant as ever."
"An amusing, first-class and brilliantly entertaining novel."
»This detective novel has no dead people, no wild chases (well, Ghote has to run after a train once), no action and no puzzles either. Because the ending is obvious from the first line. And yet this almost forty-year-old story is exciting. This is due to the ingeniously simple construction of the story. "
»A wonderful detective novel that plays with lively characters in a very small space. It is a world full of humor and effort to finally achieve a sense of security, a steady person, the approval of superiors in the midst of a constantly changing environment. "
"For once a thriller without a corpse, but still exciting."
“Another captivating detective novel from the Inspector Ghote series. With his rich vocabulary, the author knows how to create more tension in a small train compartment than any car chase could. We recommend."
»A thriller with a return ticket! 94 pages there and 83 pages back. Ideal, for example, for the Munich-Stuttgart railway line and back. The delightfully old-fashioned thing is not only its publication date in 1971, but above all the irritatingly strange Indian world through which Keating sends his inspector Ghote: a subcontinent steeped in tradition, through which - to the moral horror of the shy, weird inspector - a hippie couple wavers every now and then. «
"A very special kind of crime thriller, the highest level of recommendation."
»The novels about the Indian insepector Ghote by the English author H.R.F. Keating are among the absolute gems of the crime genre - they are touching with their humanity and this one, for example, gets along perfectly without murder. "
“There isn't much. A train compartment, an inspector, 180 pages of distance. No hero, no blood, no sweat (the compartment is air-conditioned). Nevertheless, there is only short time between the book covers. "
“So Inspector Ghote is an old-style hero and has no place in today's fast-paced, bloodthirsty and violent crime thrillers. But that's the only way to tell the inspector's age. For friends of the subtle detective novel, Inspector Ghote is as relevant as ever. "
"Thanks to Ghote, that clumsy, nasal-maneuverable, often capped officer, this crime series is one of the little man's great defenses."
“What Keating, born in 1926, delivers is an amazing piece. His story is located in a very small space and yet skilfully incorporates the life and landscape of the subcontinent. The figures are drawn so lifelike that a good part of the tension derives from their fickleness. Keating plays them off against each other wonderfully. If someone in the compartment changes his mind, the entire situation is overturned and alliances are formed for or against the fraudster. Ghote knows neither on the way there nor on the way back who his fellow travelers he can trust. Keating tells his story with psychological finesse, rich in nuances and allusions, without ever losing sight of the big picture. His detective novel also does without corpses - sometimes nice. It is lucky that the Unionsverlag has taken on this series. "
"This ingenious author succeeds in bringing the interpersonal threads to such a high tension buzzing in the confines of a train compartment that you don't want to put the book down before the very surprising end and look forward to the other volumes with Inspector Ghote."
“A murder mystery without homicide, a book that you read with a constant smile on your face. Situation comedy in the most beautiful sense of the word. Such noble mixtures are not only rarely brewed in crime fiction laboratories. "
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