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Cheating Death (Inspector Ghote #20)

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In Cheating Death, the 19th book in the Inspector Ghote series, Keating's much-loved hero faces one of the most perplexing cases in his career as he investigates the theft and sale of exam papers at a university. At first glance, the case is straightforward . . . but the inspector soon finds that answers don't come cheap.
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Mysterious Press (first published 1992)
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Feb 09, 2009 R. marked it as to-read
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Inspector Ghote of the Bombay police investigates a cheating scandal at local Oceanic College. The campus novel meets the Indian novel meets the cozy English mystery.

The first two sentences add up to something deplorable: "There was nothing else for it. He would have to beat his wife."

And this is our introduction to the Inspector's psyche, and the psyche of the entire Bombay police department: "Wait. Was he really going to do that? Other husbands did, of course. Other Crime Branch officers eve
Aug 31, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it
Inspector Ghote may be the smartest detective in India, and the most unappreciated by the bureaucracy that towers over him. And he may also be the most obsessive detective, but what preoccupies his mind is not always the case at hand, or even the case deemed to be the most one-hundred-percent important investigation assigned by the high-up sahibs in Delhi. For Inspector Ghote, crime and criminals are relatively easy to understand, but the intricacies of Indian bureaucracy are very murky and devi ...more
Jul 27, 2012 David rated it did not like it
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The protagonist agonizes for much of the novel about how he should beat his wife because his colleagues do, because she is too independent and not submissive enough. In the end, he comes up with a rationalization for why he should not beat her while saving face with his colleagues. The ending is clearly meant to show how enlightened and heroic the protagonist is.

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This was an okay read. The murderer was easy to guess. The beating of the wife question??? Um, no...
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culprit too obvious, marital relationship off-putting
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A fun read with all the convoluted Inian English language.
Short, too.
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Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating was an English writer of crime fiction most notable for his series of novels featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID.

H. R. F. KEATING was well versed in the worlds of crime, fiction and nonfiction. He was the crime books reviewer for The Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the chairman of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors. He w
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