From the book jacket:
Los Angeles, 1991. Ambassador Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern
world, is murdered in broad daylight on his illegitimate daughter India's
doorstep, slaughtered by a knife wielded by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, a
mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown. The dead man is a
charismatic World War Two Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual
ability, a former US ambassador to India and subsequently America's
counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political
assassination, but turns out to be passionately personal.
This is the story of Max Ophuls, his killer and his daughter and of a fourth
character, the woman who links them, whose story finally explains them all. It
is an epic narrative that moves from California to Kashmir, from Nazi-occupied
Europe to the world of modern...
Beyond the Book
Did you know?
The 1989 fatwa against Salman Rushdie proclaimed by Ayatollah Khomeini (then
leader of Iran) triggered by the publication of The Satantic Verses
1988, has never been lifted. In fact, it was reaffirmed in 2005 by
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's current spiritual leader, and again in February
2006 when the government-run Matyrs Foundation announced, "The fatwa by Imam
Khomeini in regards to the apostate Salman Rushdie will be in effect forever
..... The book The Satanic Verses
was the incarnation of the satanic
plots of the World Arrogance (United States) and the occupying Zionists which
appeared through the sleeves of this apostate". Another of Iran's
foundations has offered a USA $2.8 million bounty on...