Magazine article New Internationalist

A Cut-Like Wound

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Cut-Like Wound

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A Cut-like Wound

by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon Press, ISBN 9781908524362)

Anita Nair's excellent new novel is something of a departure from her previous books, with their nuanced, intricate examinations of relationships and social status. Set during Ramadan in the steamy heat of Bangalore, A Cut-like Wound takes the form of a police procedural, with detectives tracking a serial killer through the teeming streets and seedy back alleys of the city.

Our hero - if that is the word - is Inspector Borei Gowda, a splendidly grumpy, hard-drinking, deeply flawed character whose chaotic home life includes an absent wife, an estranged son and an enigmatic mistress. Despite his brilliant detective work, Gowda's disdain for authority has led to a posting in a backwater district of Bangalore. …

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