"Someone is cutting off victims' fingers in New Delhi and vampires and lycans are suspects in this ambitious mix of detection and the supernatural from Singh."
"Sajan Dayal, a Delhi detective, pursues a serial (though nonlethal) collector of human fingers. Dayal's team encounters would-be vampires and werewolves, plus a woman named Razia who may or may not be centuries old."
--Publishers Weekly, Spring 2016 Announcements
"An intriguing mix of history, myth and the realities of contemporary New Delhi...Astonishing and satisfying."
--Reviewing the Evidence
"Superbly gothic...The novel is a compelling one and certain to be a great addition to courses on detective fiction and noir, especially given its focus on a city that has not necessarily or traditionally been attached to mystery and mayhem. Singh is giving places like Los Angeles and San Francisco a run for their money in this re-envisioning of the urban noir."
--Asian American Literature Fans
"Necropolis is a ravishing beauty of prose that is as sumptuous as it is gripping...Imagine a cocktail of V.S. Naipaul, Agatha Christie, Elmore Leonard, and E.M. Forster, and you have the essence of this haunting and ferociously charming novel."
--Ken Bruen, author of Green Hell
"I tore though Necropolis with great pleasure and a fair measure of unease. It's a grisly, wonderfully written novel that interweaves disparate genres and styles into a whole that satisfies thoroughly. As fine a crime novel as I've read in the last year."
--Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest
"Avtar Singh's Necropolis is an ode to ancient, medieval, and Old Delhi, a romantic ballad that cuts across time, if not place, and melds features of classic detective fiction with those of the hard-boiled and roman noir in a style that is exquisitely the author's."
--Sumana Mukherjee, Mint
Necropolis follows Sajan Dayal, a detective in pursuit of a serial (though nonlethal) collector of fingers. He encounters would-be vampires and werewolves, and a woman named Razia who may or may not be centuries old. Guided by Singh's gorgeous and masterful writing, the novel peels back layers of a city in thrall to its past, hostage to its present, and bitterly divided as to its future. Delhi went from being an imperial capital to provincial backwater in a few centuries: the journey back to exploding commercial metropolis has been compressed into a few decades. Combining elements of crime, fantasy, and noir, Necropolis tackles the questions of origin, ownership, and class that such a revolution inevitably raises. The world of Delhi, the sweep of its history--its grandeur, grimness, and criminality--all of it comes alive in Necropolis.
Someone is cutting off victims' fingers in New Delhi and vampires and lycans are suspects in this ambitious mix of detection and the supernatural from Singh (The Beauty of These Present Things). Deputy Commissioner of Police Sajan Dayal and his colleagues pursue a kaffiyeh-wearing man who may be responsible for the crimes. Razia, an ageless woman with whom Dayal becomes sexually intimate, may also be involved. Meanwhile, the DCP and his team investigate various cases, including the death of an African drug dealer and the kidnapping of a three-year-old. The crimes may all be interconnected or not. Singh explores the treatment of women, racism, and poverty in contemporary India, but if he is raising the salient points to reflect issues of corruption and the imperial class struggle, he needs a sturdier framework. Too often, the social commentary seems as forced and convenient as the supernatural elements.