Inspector Ghote of Bombay is directed by the Commissioner of Police to interrogate the scientists at a prestigious research center. It seems that the friend of an international film star has been relying on the effects of a dangerous drug made from snake venom, and this drug is being smuggled out of the center. With his melodious, fractured English and a dogged persistence, Ghote tackles the case and thinks he's solved it when he finds the obvious suspect, the snake handler, dead in the Reptile Room. But the Commissioner intervenes again, and Ghote must find the murderer. Asking questions is Ghote's specialty, and he battles indifference from the local police, the egotism of the head scientist, and foot-dragging on the part of his own superiors to find the guilty party. Ghote is as endearing as ever in this satisfying, entertaining mystery that conveys the rarefied atmosphere of elite scientific research and offers a host of intriguing secondary characters.
I love these mysteries that take place in India.
Back of book: The legendary Bombay insipector returns in his most perplexing and surprising case yet. The Commissioner of Police on behalf of a film star wants Ghote to make discreet inquiries into a nearby institute for medical research where it appears someone is smuggling out a dangerous drug made from snake venom. Soon there is also a death to investigate.
I Say: A series from a couple of decades ago - intriguing characters and plots - well worth reading. This one has a wide variety of well described characters, twists and turns, good, well buried clues.