The Lost Man of Bombay

The Lost Man of Bombay is picked in the top crime books of the year by The Guardian, The Financial Times, and The Daily Express which called it ‘the best historical thriller of the year’.

‘A delightful book, well-researched, complex and hugely entertaining’ ~ ANN CLEEVES, author of the Vera mysteries

A twisting plot and an intriguing cast of characters, together with vivid glimpses of the vibrant, complex world of post-Independence Bombay – and a narrative that thunders along with the pace and drama of an elephant on the rampage’ ~ ANDREW TAYLOR, 3x winner of the CWA Historical Dagger

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Bombay, 1950

When the body of a white man is found frozen in the Himalayan foothills near Dehra Dun, he is christened the Ice Man by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed?

As Inspector Persis Wadia and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case in Bombay, they uncover a trail left behind by the enigmatic Ice Man – a trail leading directly into the dark heart of conspiracy.

Meanwhile, two new murders grip the city. Is there a serial killer on the loose, targeting Europeans?

Rich in atmosphere, the thrilling third chapter in the CWA Historical Dagger-winning Malabar House series pits Persis against a mystery from beyond the grave, unfolding against the backdrop of a turbulent post-colonial India, a nation struggling to redefine itself in the shadow of the Raj.

Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan’s trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.

Reviews for The Lost Man of Bombay, the third in the Malabar House series…

‘Malabar House is a subcontinental version of Mick Herron’s Slough House, a holding pen for misfits and malcontents … History and mystery mixed with brutal slapstick, thwarted romance and sly humour… If only all period procedurals were as good as this.’ ~ The Times

The latest of Khan’s excellent thrillers set in post-war Bombay is a vivid portrait of a society remaking itself in the new era of independence’ ~ Mail on Sunday

‘Khan writes with a charming formality and brings his characters and their dilemmas to life in this intelligent and intriguing series.’ ~ The Literary Review

‘A brilliant whodunnit mingling fascinating history, the flavours of India, and a Himalayan blizzard of clues.’~ The Sun

‘A formidable addition to the Malabar House series…. this book weaves intriguing insights into a turbulent time with a cleverly-plotted story and rich cast of characters.’~ Women’s Institute magazine WI Life

Note from the author:

“I had enormous fun researching and writing this book. I hope, if you decide to give it a go, you’ll find yourself enjoying the intellectual puzzle at the heart of the story, and the feeling of being immersed in the noisy, hot, and turbulent India of that era. Thank you as ever for your enthusiasm and support!”

best wishes, Vaseem