"Enjoyable Indian police procedural"
Most of the inspectors of the Mumbai (Bombay) Crime Branch
are working on the shocking murder of business mogul Anil
Adjami killed in his impregnable home on Mahdi Island.
However, Deputy Commissioner Kabir assigns Inspector Ganesh
Ghote a different case. Ghote works alone on uncovering
the identity of "Yeshwant", a cat burglar nicknamed for a
seventeenth century hero.
Ganesh scrutinizes the crimes by visiting the scenes and
interviewing the victims, but seems to make little progress
on the case. He meets an old friend; the recently widowed
Swedish expatriate Axel Svensson, who begins to help on the
investigation. As he gets closer to solving his case,
Ganesh finds a link between the B&E robberies and the
unsolved murder. Still, will he crack both cases or will
Ganesh find no final solutions to the two seemingly tied
together crimes he now investigates?
The latest Ganesh Ghote Indian police procedural is an
engaging investigative tale that stars an interesting lead
character. The story line is cleverly designed so that
readers see inside the head of the kind Ganesh as he
struggles with the cat burglar case and ultimately the
homicide. Though the audience will need to adjust to
Ganesh's speech pattern (as with the previous novels) most
readers will believe BREAKING AND ENTERING is worth the
time as author H.R.F Keating provides fans with a strong
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 8, 2001