Mr Majestic: The Tout of Bengaluru

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Hachette India, Feb 10, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Another comic tour de force from crime writer Zac O’Yeah Mr Majestic – given name Hari, aka Harry, Cyber Scammer Director Bongjee, No. 1 Tout of Bengaluru – is having the worst day of his life. Not just because he is trying to escape a muscled thug who is making enquiries about a scam luring gorgeous young hopefuls into the world of Indian cinema (and Hari wishes so much he wasn’t guilty as charged); not just because he has witnessed his childhood idol, superstar Jagatprasiddha, get seriously wounded in a smash-up involving a cow and a pink Porsche; nor just because a decrepit foreign tourist is inadvertently dead at his hands. It is the worst day of Hari's life because the missing girl he has been hired to dig out from the bowels of Bengaluru – for a reasonable sum – is the wrong woman to fall in love with. Hot on the trail of the gorgeous Madhuri, Hari finds himself playing the toughest game of his life against Bengaluru’s underworld – a vast sleaze-pit of manic drivers, sewage lakes, cheap rum, dicey non-veg, video pirates, sundry lowlifes, and men who kill for a living. Soon Hari is forced to doubt his odds of survival and ask himself the inevitable: will he be reborn as a cockroach?

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About the author (2013)

Zac O’Yeah worked in a theatre in Gothenburg, Sweden, and toured with a pop group until he retired early, at the age of 25, to come to India. He has since published 11 books in Swedish, in genres ranging from crime fiction to history and travelogue. He has also translated Indian fiction into Swedish. His English language debut, Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan, was published by Hachette India in 2010. He lives in Bengaluru and is married to novelist Anjum Hasan. Find out more about him at

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