London: Vintage, 2006. Paperback. Used/ Good. Unmarked and tight. Moderate signs of wear. 10.9cm x 17.7cm. 649 pp. Item #14842
Shalimar the Clown's skill as a tightrope walker was legendary in his native home of Kashmir. But fate has torn him away from his beloved home and brought him to Los Angeles, where he works as a chauffeur. One morning he gets up, goes to work, and brutally slays his employer, America's former counter-terrorist chief Maximilian Ophuls, in full view of the victim's illegitimate daughter, India. Despite the political overtones, it soon emerges that this is a murder with a much darker heart to it.
The killing has its roots back in Kashmir, a ruined paradise not so much lost as shattered. And gradually it emerges that beyond this unholy trinity of Max, India and Shalimar, lurks a fourth, shadowy figure, one who binds them all together.