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Bombay Ice

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
In Bombay, the brutal murder of a transvestite with links to Bollywood leads to events that eerily threaten two sisters, in this thrilling novel of alchemy, murder, and violent weather.
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 21, 2013 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of my FAVORITE books, which is funny because the first time that I read it, I just couldn't get into it and half threw it back into its space on my bookshelf. Before heading out on a road trip, I picked it up and stuffed it in my bag - and I am so glad that I did. Reading it in the car while almost everyone else was asleep really gave me the chance to get into it and I loved it. That was a few years ago - and it sits on my bookshelf, it's special place being next to other ones that I ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Tuck rated it really liked it
a genius of a novel integrating monsoon historical maps and theories along with chaos theory to help explain the more unexplainable motives of people and their jealousies, hubris, and evils. so lots of atmosphere of mumbai, movie world, underworld, libraries and cops, food and politics, color of skins, slum living, megarich, hirjas and their lovers/murderers, the power and powerlessness of women in india. a beautiful and perverse mystery that seems impossible to figure out with all the lies and ...more
Generally I choose not to read thrillers but this book called to me and I am glad I listened;it's filled with odd facts and great characterization. It gave me a real feel for modern India and filled in a lot of blanks.

I totally adored the gutsy heroine, such a bad girl but so endearing to someone of my experience;
and the writing is brilliant and often hilarious.
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
Okay. This is kind of a difficult book to get into. It is very densely crafted with tidbits (some unsavory) about India, Indian poetry, lore of the gods, intricate and moving back stories for characters, and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting. It's a pretty long book, but the information-heavy chapters are fairly short, making them more easily digestible. Be warned: there aren't any "clean" characters in this book, except maybe Thomas, who drives the protagonist all over the city. That doe ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Dhali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. At the beginning it was because everything was all over the place and I kept getting confused so I had to go back and re-read. It's all very mysterious and layer by layer, together with the heroine, I came to see how everything fell together. I really enjoyed this book, it felt like a journey from insanity.
Feb 10, 2010 Szasza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started May 21st...ugh...this is taking far too long...I'm on page 100 (of 570) after two weeks. Gawd. I seriously don't like crime novels all that much. But I hate hate hate not finishing a book after I've started it. *sigh* I'll just try and read faster.
June 18th: ...still reading...on page 143...43 pages in nearly a month? Seriously, this book is killing me.
July 3rd: Okay fuck this book. This will be the second book in my life that I haven't finished. It's dreadful.
Interesting mystery in Bombay, India.

Roz Benegal was born in India. Her mother was Scottish and the mistress of an Indian. It was in India that her father taught her about meteorology, specifically storms & monsoons. At an early age she returned to Scotland. Her mother committed suicide by drowning while she was present. Years later in her thirties, she receives strange notes from her half-sister, Miranda, who is the second wife of a well-known Bollywood director. The eunuch (hijra) who was
May 20, 2016 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I might like this better than I did. I have read several books based in India and usually find it interesting to read about the culture and the place. It seemed that a thriller based here would be especially fun to read.

But for me it wasn't. What other reviewers call a "literary thriller" didn't strike me that way, in spite of the numerous literary references throughout. The protagonist, Rosalind Benegal, simply irritated me all the way through, and her interactions with others confu
This is the second time I've read this one, and I liked it much better the first time around. The question is whether I simply wasn't able to read it properly this time and therefore couldn't follow it, or whether too much is simply overly obscured.

Forbes crafts an incredibly rich and unsavory mix of crime, film, sex, death, rich, poor, and Bombay. She's a stunning writer in many ways, but on both reads I found it difficult to follow the narrator's elliptical train of thought, despite the fact t
Belinda Elizondo
Aug 01, 2014 Belinda Elizondo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books that take the reader to India, and in this instance, it transports the reader to modern day India with a step into the seamy side. As you enter this mystery thriller, you'll encounter interesting characters, the Indian cinema, the poor, the powerful, journalism and the science of weather. Strangely enough, the author successfully manages to tie it all together in a beautiful fragrant package. Really enjoyed this one.
May 25, 2015 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bookclub choice. However, I found the story line somewhat confusing and even at the end was not sure who was the father of Sami, an early murder victim. Exotic location of Bombay and references to the author's back story but ultimately an unsatisfying read for me.
Jul 13, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery set in ... and it draws you in with its authenticity. Unusual in its description of Bombay but the story was difficult to follow. The review that inspired: �a massive eclectic triumph... cynically hard-boiled and acutely satiric�
Angie Swain
Sep 06, 2013 Angie Swain rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea. Although I do like some books about India, I also like an explanation of words, names, terms etc even when I can guess them particularly when they have more than one meaning.
Apr 27, 2007 Rachana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me a little disturbed..maybe I didn't have the stomach for it..
Loved the descriptions. But it was all very confusing; would have benefited from a list of the characters. Did not like the heroine.
Jan 26, 2014 Carolyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish it. I liked the write's style, but the plot was convoluted, not compelling.
Apr 07, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery / tale set in modern India.
Kristin Lee Williams
Set in Bombay. That's really all I have to say. You know I love books set in India.
I didn't finish it. It's just not my type of book, and the main character to me is so unlikeable.
Nov 08, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good intrigue in India
I liked this, but it's never going to be my favourite...
May 15, 2009 Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: india, history, thriller
Nice mystery thriller set in India in the world of Bollywood.
Sep 26, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More creepy, mysterious goodness.
Aug 29, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Strange book, but I wanted to finish it once I started reading.
Elly Wendy
Jul 09, 2013 Elly Wendy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
horrible killings. depressing. too much for me.
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"After dropping out of England's Royal College of Art without the Masters in Film and Design she had dropped out of studying physics and politics in Canada to get, Forbes won a talent contest at Vogue, where she worked as a designer until she couldn't stand fashion any more. She then became a designer for BBC-TV (once constructing a life-size working robot out of pasta) and the author of award-win ...more
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