The Sheriff of Bombay
by H. R. F. Keating

Bombay’s red-light district is the scene of the crime, when gentle Inspector Ghote, ‘one of the great creations of detective fiction’ (Alexander McCall Smith), is forced to take on his most embarrassing investigation yet in this classic mystery with a brand-new introduction by bestselling author Vaseem Khan.

Inspector Ganesh Ghote of the Bombay CID is in the worst trouble of his career so far. Given a task which at first seems merely embarrassing – that of escorting an aging British film star on a tour of Bombay’s notorious red-light district, the ‘Cages’ – he is, before long, confronted with something infinitely worse: murder.

But this isn’t the end of his troubles. For the sole suspect is none other than the Sheriff of Bombay: respected holder of the honorary legal office, an ex-Rajah and former captain of India’s cricket team. And he is a suspect only because Ghote had a swift glimpse of his face – as he hurriedly left a house of ill-repute.

The gentle but tenacious detective shudders to think of the investigation ahead of him. What humiliations will he have to suffer as he searches for proof, he wonders. What sights will he see? Who will he encounter? And – above all – how will he explain what he has learnt to his wife?

Reviews

Mr Keating has created in Inspector Ghote an enchanting and engaging character

P.D. James

The Inspector Ghote books … are quite exquisite, gentle novels that should find their place on any list of good crime fiction

Alexander McCall Smith

Keating is an immensely talented author who has delighted fans for decades with his wonderfully witty Inspector Ghote

Booklist

Inspector Ghote is a most appealing sleuth, a little shy and uncertain of himself, but dogged and determined when it comes to ferreting out the truth

Publishers Weekly

Mr Keating has a long-established winner in his sympathetic and lively hero

The Times

H.R.F Keating’s novels about Bombay policeman Ganesh Ghote are masterpieces of imagination

Time Magazine

H. R. F. Keating

H. R. F. Keating, known as Harry to his family and friends, was born in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, in 1926. He was educated at Merchant Taylors School in London and Trinity College, Dublin, before training as a journalist. As well as publishing over sixty books in his lifetime, Keating was the crime fiction reviewer for The Times for fifteen years and held many prestigious roles, including Chairman of the Society of Authors and President of the Detection Club.Keating’s first novel about Inspector Ghote, The Perfect Murder, won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and an Edgar Allen Poe Special Award, and was later made into a film by Merchant Ivory. He subsequently won many more awards, including the CWA’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature. He lived in London with his wife, the actor Sheila Mitchell, until his death in 2011, aged eighty-four.

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Editions

The Sheriff of Bombay by H. R. F. Keating is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483039771st January 2099N/A216$10.99
Ebook97814483039771st July 2020N/A216£8.99
Ebook97814483039771st January 2099N/A216$6.99
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