Murder in Mahim - A Novel

Jerry Pinto


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A young man is found dead in the toilet of Matunga Road station, his stomach ripped open. Retired journalist Peter D’Souza joins the investigation with his friend Inspector Zende and is drawn into a world of secret desire, blackmail and unspoken love—a world that he fears his son may be a part of.

Driven as much by fear and empathy as by curiosity about men who seek men, Peter tries to track down the killer, with some help from the flamboyant Leslie Siqueira, ‘the Queen of the Queen of the Suburbs’. But time is running out.

Jerry Pinto’s new novel—set in Mumbai, the city he writes about like no other—is a gripping murder mystery. It is also a compelling exploration of loneliness, ambition and greed in the great metropolis.

Language English
ISBN-10 9789388326094
ISBN-13 9789388326094
No of pages 232
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Speaking Tiger Books
Published Date 10 Oct 2018

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Author : Jerry Pinto

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  • anonymous Rated it


    [Murder in Mahim] takes readers to the gay addas of Mumbai, such as the Matunga Road station toilets, with an incisiveness that, as Pinto writes, would make each individual hair stand upon your head the Mumbai of the book is that of Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis and Ashok Banker's Vertigo, two classics between which this one slides in neatly on the shelf. This is possibly as close to literary fiction as the Subcontinental detective novel has got in the last few years.


  • anonymous Rated it

    You can read Jerry Pinto's latest novel as a noir mystery that could only be set in Mumbai, a city upon which darkness sets but cannot completely settle. Or you could read it as a heartbroken, searching political study about the people that are sucked in and spat out by the city's dark fissures. At its best, the novel can be read and enjoyed as a potent, deft mixture of both, with a tremendous amount of compassion engulfing but never completely overwhelming the voyeuristic, fearful thrill of a murder mystery.

  • anonymous Rated it

    India Today

    At the beginning of Jerry Pinto's tightly written crime novel, a physical trainer is found dead, with a gash in his side and minus a kidney, in a public toilet in matungaa locale for clandestine gay sex. As more bodies pile up-retired journalist Peter teams up with Inspector Jende (shades of the legendary Madhukar Zende here) to track down the killer. A brief 232 pages, it is the kind of book where you read five sentences, stop, re-read them because you think you've missed something, and then mic-test one of the lines. Then this mic-testing nonsense just takes over your life. Pinto has a superb ear for variation, and social anxiety, and the ways in which people shuffle between what they are thinking and what they want to say.
    -India Today

  • anonymous Rated it

    Mid Day

    The novel opens inside a grimy men's toilet at Matunga railway station, used as cover for making a quick buck. A gruesome cold-blooded murder here slowly unravels a murky tale of prostitution, homosexuality, extortion and police corruption. As Pinto's story navigates through the familiar alleys of Colaba, Bandra and Mahim, recreating the melancholic sounds and smells of crime, poverty and death, you can't help but relate to this monster of a character-the city [of Mumbai].
    -Mid Day

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