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Based on actual events, The Story of My Assassins tells the story of a journalist who learns that the police have captured five hitmen on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, just as he’s started a steamy affair with a brilliant woman, the news prompts him to launch an urgent investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers–a ragtag group of street thugs and village waifs–and their mastermind. Who wanted him dead, and why?
But the investigation forces him to reexamine his own life, too–to confront his own notion of himself, his job, and his treatment of the women in his life, as well as his own complex feelings about the country that crafted his would-be killers.
Part thriller and part erotic romance, full of dark humor and knife-edged suspense, The Story of My Assassins is a piercing literary novel that takes us from the lavish, hedonistic palaces of India’s elite to its seediest slums. It is a novel of corruption, passion, power, and ambition; of extreme poverty and obscene wealth. It looks into the heart of today’s India.
“Tejpal’s masterful newest...is an epic tale of modern-day India and its labyrinthine social and political machinations.” –Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“Deeply humane, raucously funny, dizzy with social and psychological insight! A masterful account of 21st-century ambition, inequality, and power from one of India’s most fearless writers.” –Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
“One of the most attractive Indian writers in English of his generation.” –The Times Literary Supplement
“Overlooked in the general rush to adore The White Tiger and Slumdog Millionaire. . . . with a much richer understanding of the politics of poverty, [The Story of My Assassins] deserves wider attention.” –Hari Kunzru, author of Gods Without Men, in The Guardian’s ‘Books of the Year’
“Combining a fierce political imagination with a tender solicitude for the losers of history, it sets a new and formidably high standard in Indian writing in English.” –Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire
“For the awesome story it tells and the stunning impact of its prose this is, quite simply, the best Indian novel in English I have ever read.” –Nayantara Sahgal, author of Rich Like Us