Inspector Ghote

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small-case

A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? (2009)
ISBN: 0749007311
Available from Alison & Busby or Amazon.In his newest case Inspector Ghote finds himself working outside of the police force, as he becomes involved in tracking the brutal killer of a lowly peon, one of the underclass in Bombay society. Because of his low status, Bikram’s death would be ignored but as his severed head landed on Ghote’s desk, he feels it’s up to him to find out what happened.

first

Inspector Ghote’s First Case (2008)
ISBN: 0749079703
Available from Alison & Busby or Amazon. The first of a new series in which Ghote goes back to the start of his career in the 1960s. Newly-promoted Inspector Ghote is thrilled to be granted casual leave until he takes up his post, as it allows him to spend time with his heavily pregnant wife, who is desperate to watch a showing of “Hamlet” at the cinema. Their plans are ruined, however, since Sir Rustom Engineer requires Ghote to investigate the suicide of his friend’s wife. Worried about his wife’s imminent delivery, Ghote nevertheless travels to the home of Mr. Dawkins, where he is unconvinced by the story of Iris Dawkins’ death. Especially when he recognises the officer in charge, Darrani, well-known for his closed-mindedness. Ghote is determined to investigate further, with a Hamlet-esque awareness of how deceiving appearances can really be…

breaking

Breaking and Entering (2000)
ISBN: 0330483048All Bombay is buzzing with news of the murder of Anil Ajmani. It is certainly a baffling case, for the millionaire was found stabbed to death in his heavily guarded and tightly secured mansion. Every inspector in the Crime Branch hopes to be the one to nail the killer and that includes Inspector Ganesh Ghote. Unfortunately, he is not assigned to the case.

Instead, he has been given the less glorious task of tracking down a cat burglar, nicknamed Yeshwant, who has been scaling apartment buildings in the dead of night to steal valuable pieces of jewelry. Aided-or perhaps hampered-by his old friend Axel Svensson, seeking Indian warmth from his troubles in winter-cold Sweden, Ghote fights to uncover Yeshwant’s true identity.

And in so doing, unexpectedly finds that he may be the one to solve the murder of Anil Ajmani after all.

bribery

Bribery, Corruption Also (1999)
ISBN: 033374568XHaving inherited a house in Calcutta, Inspector Ghote’s wife is determined that they retire and move from Bombay. But the house is in a state of disrepair and inhabited by squatters. Ghote detects a whiff of corruption, and it extends way up the political ladder. Soon they are both in great danger.

questions

Asking Questions (1996)At the Mira Behn Institute for Medical Research someone is smuggling out a dangerous drug, made from the venom of poisonous snakes. Inspector Ghote’s suspect is the snake-handler Chandra Chagoo, but Chagoo’s now lying dead on the floor of the Reptile Room, a viper slithering across his back.

wrong

Doing Wrong (1993)Inspector Ghote is sent from Bombay to Banares to investigate the peculiar circumstances surrounding Mrs. Shoba Popatkar’s murder – a beloved national figure, known throughout the sub-continent for her lifelong commitment to virtuous causes. He feels only too keenly the official pressure to come up with a simple solution. Can he manage to satisfy both his superiors and his own need to discover the whole truth? Certainly, there are frustrating obstacles blocking his path as he doggedly makes his way through the throngs of the city’s narrow lanes seeking the killer, not the least of which are the uncooperative local police officials.

death

Cheating Death (1992)Under orders from New Delhi, Inspector Ghote is sent to look into the theft and sale of exam papers from one of the most deplorable outlying colleges of Bombay University. At first glance all seems straightforward. The chief suspect, Bala Chambhar, has attempted suicide and Principal Bembalkar has admitted leaving his office safe unlocked. But life is never easy for Ghote and he soon finds himself head-over-heels in the often farcical world of Indian college life with struggles on the Board of Trustees over who should run the college and student protests leading to kidnapping and violence.

iciest

The Iciest Sin (1990)The iciest sin is blackmail, and that chilling crime is at the heart of this unusual mystery. As he investigates, Ghote himself becomes both a blackmailer and blackmail victim.
Inspector Ghote His Life and Crimes (1989)

This is a collection of short stories featuring Inspector Ghote with a biography of the character by way of introduction.

on-time

Dead On Time (1988)Ramrao Pendke, heir to a massive country fortune, is in Bombay recovering from a kidney transplant operation. Out taking exercise, Pendke visits the Ticktock watchworks and is bludgeoned to death. The head of the Bombay police backs the prompt arrest made by a pet officer of his, Assistant Inspector Lobo, who has forced a confession out of Rustom Fardoomji, owner of the watch store. Ghote has doubts about the confession. He also agrees with the relatives of the accused: Fardoomji would have no reason to do away with a wealthy customer. In order to placate these influential relatives, Ghote is sent to the dead man’s home village – a slow-paced backwater the inspector finds maddening. In the course of his energetically pursued investigation he interviews an astrologer, the village barber, a boy Brahmin, and the dead man’s grieving grandfather. In the face of a 24 hour ultimatum, Ghote at last finds the essential clue that solves the most difficult case of his career.

billiard

The Body in the Billiard Room (1987)This brief, entertaining novel, the 17th featuring Bombay’s Inspector Ghote, finds the dauntless detective summoned to the hill station of Ootacamund (”Ooty”) in South India, where he must locate a ”diabolically ingenious murderer.” A former ambassador, Surinder Mehta, calls upon Ghote to probe the death of Pichu, billiards marker at the genteel Ooty Club, gathering place for well-to-do Indians and English. Pichu had been found sprawled in the middle of the billiard table, stabbed in the heart; the murder weapon is missing, as are many of the club’s silver trophies. Aspiring ”Great Detective” Ghote puzzles over this troublesome case with Mehta, an aging crime novel buff who doggedly defends his theory that Pichu’s slaying occurred because he was blackmailing some frequenter of the club. As Ghote stalks a motley group of suspects, he despairs of solving the homicide until the culprit’s identity comes to him in a most unlikely fashion. Admirers of Keating’s light, diverting mysteries will not be disappointed. – Publisher’s Weekly

monsoon

Under a Monsoon Cloud (1986)A.D.I.G. (Additional Deputy Inspector-General) ”Tiger” Kelkar has gone to Vigatpore, outside Bombay, to check on Inspector Ghote’s temporary work there. In a fit of righteous temper, Kelkar throws an inkpot at a foolish sergeant, killing him. Ghote, horrified that the much-admired Kelkar’s career could end with such an accident, helps dispose of the body. A year later, however, at the start of the next monsoon, the victim’s family gets the case reopened. Kelkar kills himself, and Ghote is the subject of an official inquiry. Keating traces Ghote’s anguished vacillation as he weighs the value of the truth against that of his own career. –Publisher’s Weekly

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sheriff

The Sheriff of Bombay (1984)When Inspector Ghote is asked to escort an ageing British film hero round Bombay’s notorious red-light district, The Cages, at first he is just embarrassed. But then he is confronted with a tricky problem – murder. And the suspect is none other than the highly respectable Sheriff of Bombay, ex-Rajah and former captain of the Indian cricket team. How can a mere policeman cope with all that?

west

Go West Inspector Ghote (1981)Inspector Ghote meets California. Ghote has been sent across the world by a Sindhi businessman to remove his daughter from a Californian ashram retreat. This classical ‘locked-room mystery’ provokes teasing question after teasing question about two very different societies and two seemingly opposed attitudes to life. And he has to deal with an American Private Eye of appalling brashness as well as a swami who is part miracle-worker, part charlatan. Not surprising that Len Deighton wrote to the author: ‘Wonderful! I’ve always said I would follow Ghote to the end of the earth and here he is in California : what a truly inspired confrontation.’

line

Inspector Ghote Draws a Line (1979)How do you guard a man who passes off anonymous threats on his life as mere foolishness? Sent to a remote part of India on the pretence of helping Judge Asif with his memoirs, the Inspector’s actual mission is to find out who would benefit from sending these unsavory warnings. But when the shrewd Judge discovers the real reason for the Inspector’s presence, he refuses to co-operate until it becomes evident that the threats are coming from someone in the household – perhaps his beautiful, high-strung daughter or his lunatic son, a militant American priest or the editor of a leftist newspaper who has a crush on the Judge’s daughter….

filmi

Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote (1976)In Bollywood, the film capital of India, the grisly murder of Dhartiraj, India’s most famous screen villain, has plunged the Hindi tinsel town into chaos. But with the help of an ever resourceful gossip columnist, Ghote has soon assembled a list of some very likely suspects: a fading star who stood to inherit many of Dhartiraj’s roles; India’s number-one superstar, who was Dhartiraj’s rival at the box office (and in bed); and last but hardly least, the actor’s trusted stand-in. Ghote could easily make a case for each of them wanting the great Dhartiraj off the boards and into permanent retirement.

bats

Bats Fly Up for Inspector Ghote (1974)Inspector Ghote is in trouble, worse trouble than ever before. When this adventure begins, he has already been relegated to the anti-pickpocket patrol, where he promptly gets himself into a fearful fix. Before long comes a topsy-turvy transfer to the Bats, as the specially selected officers of the Black-money and Allied Transactions Squad proudly call themselves. There Ghote is in worse straits, under compulsion to suspect every move and every word of his new super-efficient colleagues; he is also plagued by black thoughts about his loved ones at home.

heart

Inspector Ghote Trusts the Heart (1972)Ghote investigates the kidnapping of a poor child who taken by mistake.

train

Inspector Ghote Goes By Train (1971)The assignment was routine: to bring a notorious confidence man, arrested in Calcutta, back to Bombay for trial. But Inspector Ghote devised a plan to make it almost a holiday – to relax on the Calcutta Mail as it surged across the breadth of the Indian subcontinent. But Ghote’s fellow passengers soon prove anything but restful . . .

egg

Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg (1970)Inspector Ghote of the Bombay Police finds himself investigating a murder in a small, provincial town. Ghote’s mandate is to investigate a death from fifteen years earlier, but he has not simply to find a murderer. He is told to pin the crime squarely on the town boss, a figure of almost despotic power. Nor is this all. The local holy man has embarked on a fast-to-death against any investigations. So as this Swami sinks nearer to his end, Ghote, in the face of obstruction of every kind, attempts swiftly to find his answer.

joker

Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker (1969)Inspector Ghote embarks on one of his strangest cases when he is ordered to prevent a murder – the killing of a precious flamingo in the Bombay zoo. And then there is the racehorse fancied to win the local Derby, which gets replaced by a donkey… Ghote finds things going disastrously as bit by bit he unearths the traces of a monstrous practical joker. But then the fun stops – and Inspector Ghote has a more serious murder on his hands.

Peacock

Inspector Ghote Hunts the Peacock (1968)Inspector Ghote comes to London… The Indian police inspector is to attend an international conference on drug smuggling; and in cold, drizzling London he is faced with his first case outside India. It’s a very odd case. The girl, Ranee, niece of relatives of Ghote who live in London, has vanished – kidnapped, murdered, so her relatives allege, by a notorious pop singer. And Ghote is hounded by the relatives in trying to find Ranee – known for her brilliance as The Peacock.

Caught-meshes

Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes (1967)“…the color and suspense sequences are fine — especially a grand siege in a pornographically decorated temple.” — New York Times Book Review

good-crusade

Inspector Ghote’s Good Crusade (1966)This was no ordinary murder, for the victim was Frank Masters, millionaire and philanthropist. The case was bound to attract much public attention. But Inspector Ghote finds that his demands for evidence are met with nothing but lies and evasions.

Perfect-murder

The Perfect Murder (1964)
Inspector Ghote’s first cases for the Bombay Police Department include a seemingly unsolvable murder and the theft of one rupee from the desk of the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.

omnibus

The Inspector Ghote Mysteries: an Omnibus (1996)
Comprising three novels – “The Perfect Murder”, “Inspector Ghote’s Good Crusade” and “Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes” – this volume features the adventures of Bombay detective, Inspector Ganesh Ghote.
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