BookBrowse Reviews The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall

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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator

by Tarquin Hall

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing
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    Jun 2010, 320 pages
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    Jun 2011, 320 pages

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Contemporary India comes to life in this comedic mystery

When "Guru Buster" Dr. Suresh Jha is murdered--apparently by the Hindu goddess Kali--in broad daylight in a city park during a regular exercise meeting of the Laughing Club, Delhi is all abuzz with speculation about his killer, or killers. Could the noted skeptic have been killed by his arch-enemy, His Holiness Maharaj Swami, a noted guru whose work Dr. Jha had debunked on numerous television news programs? Might it be a less famous "god man" with a chip on his shoulders? Or could it be a truly supernatural killing, a vindictive act by the dark goddess herself?

Most Private Investigator Vish Puri isn't sure who did kill Dr. Jha, but he's positive there's a rational, real-world explanation. Even though it'll take all his detection strategies to find a way through the political apparatus of Maharaj Swami's organization, not to mention into the secret techniques of some of India's ...

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