The Caretaker: A Ranjit Singh Novel

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Macmillan, May 21, 2013 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Who is the caretaker hiding in the shadows of the Marthaís Vineyard mansions he tends?

Back in India, Ranjit Singh commanded an elite army squad. But that was years ago, before his Army career ended in dishonor, shattering his reputation. Driven from his homeland, he is now a caretaker on the exclusive resort island of Marthaís Vineyard, looking after the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, faced with no other choice, he secretly moves his family into the house of one of his clients, an African-American Senator. Here, his wife and daughter are happy, and he feels safe for the first time in ages. But Ranjitís idyll is shattered when mysterious men break into the house. Pursued and hunted, Ranjit is forced to enter the Senatorís shadowy world, and his only ally is Anna, the Senatorís beautiful wife, who has secrets of her own. Together, they uncover a trail of deception that leads from the calm shores of the Vineyard to countries half a world away. And when his investigation stirs up long forgotten events, the caretaker must finally face the one careless decision that ruined his life- and forced him to leave India.†

A gripping tale of hidden histories, political intrigue and dangerous attractions,†A. X. Ahmad's†The Caretaker introduces a new hero for our times: an immigrant caught between two worlds and a man caught between two loves.

  

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In any case, a page turner that I finished quickly. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Kristin (MyBookishWays Reviews) - Goodreads

http://www.mybookishways.com/2014/06/... Ranjit Singh has been working odd jobs in Martha's Vineyard during the summer, after quitting the job at his wife's uncle's Indian shop in Boston. He's sick of ... Read full review

Review: The Caretaker (Ranjit Singh #1)

User Review  - Radhika - Goodreads

Ranjit Singh is disgraced and discharged from the Indian army. In shame he emigrates to US where he works for his wife's uncle in an Indian store in Boston, leaves and then works as a caretaker for ... Read full review

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A. X.†AHMAD was raised in India, educated at Vassar College and M.I.T., and has worked as an international architect. As Amin Ahmad, his short stories and essays on immigrant life have been published in The Missouri Review, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, Narrative Magazine and The Good Men Project. He was a finalist for Glimmertrain's Short Story Award, and has been listed in Best American Essays. He lives in Washington, D.C, where he teaches writing.

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