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Publisher Description

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai. 

At the heart of Adiga's gripping second novel ("his plots don’t unwind, they surge" —USA Today) are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown.

Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a luxury building named the Shanghai. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built. They can’t believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home.

As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore—and expose—it.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2011
September 20
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
3
MB

Customer Reviews

FedericoLeonyLeon ,

Great novel

I wished I had visited Mumbai to better understand the setting, but the plot about greed and what it can do in people is universal.

Brosephous ,

good...

...but it's no "White Tiger". That novel is an early front-runner for my favorite of the decade.

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