Nine-year-old Jai drools outside sweet shops, watches too many reality police shows and considers himself to be smarter than his friends Pari and Faiz. When a classmate goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from TV to find him. He asks Pari and Faiz to be his assistants, and together they draw up lists of people to interview and places to visit.
But what begins as a game turns sinister as other children start disappearing from their neighbourhood. Jai, Pari and Faiz have to confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and rumours of soul-snatching djinns. As the disappearances edge ever closer to home, the lives of Jai and his friends will never be the same again.
Drawing on real incidents and a spate of disappearances in metropolitan India, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is extraordinarily moving, flawlessly imagined and a triumph of suspense. It captures the fierce warmth, resilience and bravery that can emerge in times of trouble and carries the reader headlong into a world that, once encountered, is impossible to forget.
'Created from whole cloth, Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is a richly textured rendition of a world little seen in Indian literature. There is no desire to smooth and tidy in fiction what is untidy in life, but instead there is a pay-off for the reader in a story that is as quietly troubling as it is convincing''A stunningly original tale . . . I stayed up late every night until I finished, reluctant to part from Deepa Anappara's heart-stealing characters''Deepa Anappara is a writer of considerable talent. This is a wonderful, energetic book filled with humour and pathos. Charming, sensitive and deeply moving''The children at the heart of this story will stay with you long after you turn the last page . . . a wonderful debut''A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive''Extraordinarily good, deeply moving and thought-provoking with brilliant characterization. A very important book'There's an almost Harry Potter-ish vibe to the relationship among the three intrepid kids, and Jai's voice is irresistible: funny, vivid, smart, and yet always believably a child's point of view. Anappara paints all of her characters, even the lost ones, with deep empathy, and her prose is winningly exuberant. But she also brings a journalist's eye to her story, one that is based on the shocking numbers of children who disappear from Indian cities every day'Jai is an utterly convincing voice, a lively, cheerful, cheeky boy; yet through his eyes Anappara skilfully reveals the harsh reality beneath; the police corruption and stark inequality in a country where 180 children are said to go missing each day. An outstanding debut-Vintage's lead for 2020-and not to be missed''Award-winning journalist Anappara uses bright, propulsive prose that only accentuates the seriousness of her subject: the disappearance of children . . . a real-life issue given intimate treatment here''The author has done an excellent job of telling her sometimes sad story in Jai's credible nine-year-old voice, and her treatment of the setting, with its ingrained social inequities, is a model of verisimilitude. Best, however, is her characterization, especially that of Jai, who comes to life on the page to live on in readers' memories'
|Title:||Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line|
|Release date:||February 1, 2020|