Sacred Games: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 992 pages
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Seven years in the making, Sacred Games is an epic of exceptional richness and power. Vikram Chandra's novel draws the reader deep into the life of Inspector Sartaj Singh—and into the criminal underworld of Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India.

Sartaj, one of the very few Sikhs on the Mumbai police force, is used to being identified by his turban, beard and the sharp cut of his trousers. But "the silky Sikh" is now past forty, his marriage is over and his career prospects are on the slide. When Sartaj gets an anonymous tip-off as to the secret hide-out of the legendary boss of G-Company, he's determined that he'll be the one to collect the prize.

Vikram Chandra's keenly anticipated new novel is a magnificent story of friendship and betrayal, of terrible violence, of an astonishing modern city and its dark side. Drawing inspiration from the classics of nineteenth-century fiction, mystery novels, Bollywood movies and Chandra's own life and research on the streets of Mumbai, Sacred Games evokes with devastating realism the way we live now but resonates with the intelligence and emotional depth of the best of literature.

 

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User Review  - tchelyzt - LibraryThing

This is not one novel, but several interlaced. At its most basic, it’s a police procedural with the indomitable Sartaj Singh carrying out his low-tech job as a police detective in Mumbai. Like all the ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

"'Love is a murdering gaandu...'" Violent, cunning, and superbly enthralling. Gives one a new appreciation for the complexity that is India. Chandra captures the wealth of the poor and the poverty of ... Read full review

Contents

Siege in Kailashpada
29
Ganesh Gaitonde Sells His Gold
51
Going Towards Home
69
Ganesh Gaitonde Acquires Land
107
Investigating Women
135
A House in a Distant City
171
Burying the Dead
205
Ganesh Gaitonde Wins an Election
241
Ganesh Gaitonde is Recruited Again
450
Meeting Beauty
506
Ganesh Gaitonde Explores the Self
558
Investigating Love
613
Ganesh Gaitonde Makes a Film
658
Five Fragments Scattered in Time
705
Ganesh Gaitonde Remakes Himself
719
The End of the World
761

Old Pain
283
The Great Game
306
Money
347
Ganesh Gaitonde is Recruited
380
A Woman in Distress
409
Ganesh Gaitonde Goes Home
800
Safety
860
Two Deaths in Cities Far From Home
881
Mere Sahiba
937
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Vikram Chandra is the author of the novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain (Commonwealth Writers' Prize; David Higham Prize), and the short story collection Love and Longing in Bombay (Commonwealth Writers' Prize; New York Times Notable Book). Born in New Delhi, he divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California.

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