A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 6, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
14 Reviews
A Washington Post, Rocky Mountain News, Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy trying its damnedest to happen.

Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission to avenge his father's suspicious death, which the government calls a suicide.Ali's target is none other than General Zia ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistani. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. There's only one problem: the line of would-be Zia assassins is longer than he could have possibly known.

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Part thriller, part satire - this is an excellent book about the assassination of a military leader. Along the way I learned about the subtleties and cunning of espionage and the clear-eyed ambition ... Read full review

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User Review  - Opinionated - LibraryThing

The best book I read in 2009 by some distance. Imaginative in the Marquez fashion and honest about the debt owned to Marquez - one of the characters, whose death is foretold, is appropriately reading ... Read full review

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Mohammed Hanif runs the Urdu service of the BBC's World Service. He was in the Pakistani Air Force for seven years, and then a journalist in Pakistan, where he is also known as a playwright. He won the Board of Examiners top prize at the University of East Anglia this year for an excerpt from A Case of Exploding Mangoes, which is his first novel.

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