Murder in Mahim: A Novel
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He looks around to see if anyone else is watching them. Some of the older men are looking at him hungrily. He opens his eyes wide and raises his eyebrows. They look away hurriedly. Some even walk away from him.
He turns towards the young man again. Eye contact is definite, deliberate, clear. Seconds later, the young man has headed off to the toilet. The hunter follows him and suddenly, even before he steps into the dark space, he knows that the moment has come.
A young man is found dead in the toilet of Matunga Road station, his stomach ripped open. Retired journalist Peter D’Souza joins the investigation with his friend, Inspector Zende, and is drawn into a world of secret desire, blackmail, and unspoken love?a world that he fears his son may be a part of. Driven as much by fear and empathy as by curiosity about men who seek men, Peter tries to track down the killer, with some help from the flamboyant Leslie Siqueira, ‘the Queen of the Queen of the Suburbs’. But time is running out.
Jerry Pinto’s new novel?set in Mumbai, the city he writes about like no other?is a gripping murder mystery. It is also a compelling exploration of loneliness, ambition and greed in the great metropolis.
Jerry Pinto is the author of Em and the Big Hoom (winner of the Hindu Literary Prize and the Crossword Book Award for Fiction) and Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb (winner of the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema). His other works include translations (from Marathi) of the autobiographies of Daya Pawar (Baluta), Malika Amar Shaikh (I Want to Destroy Myself) and Vandana Mishra (I, the Salt Doll), as well as Sachin Kundalkar's novel, Cobalt Blue. He has also edited several anthologies, including A Book of Light, Bombay, Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai (with Naresh Fernandes). He was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize in 2016.