The enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel sees Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigating the dark side of Bollywood.
Mumbai thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters.
But even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending.
Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma's formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world's most flamboyant movie industry.
As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture.
And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction...
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Khan's offbeat third mystery featuring retired Indian police inspector turned Mumbai PI Ashwin Chopra (after 2016's The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown) takes on Bollywood. At the start of the book, Chopra, his wife, and his sidekick a baby elephant named Ganesha attend a concert featuring Vikram "Vicky" Verma, "enfant terrible of Bollywood, and superstar in the making." The performance is punctuated by several magical disappearances and reappearances by Verma, though Chopra suspects that the Verma he saw last wasn't the same person who began the show. That becomes more significant when Verma's mother, Bijli, who was once a leading movie star, reveals that Verma is missing. While she doesn't suspect foul play, Bijli fears that her son will be blacklisted if he doesn't complete his work on his current film, the most expensive in Indian history, and hires Chopra to find him. The path to the truth contains some comic scenes that readers with a taste for broad humor will appreciate.