When elderly Professor Mudgood, a well-known rationalist and fervent critic of right-wing forces in India, is found dead in his home in Bangalore by his daughter, ACP Borei Gowda is quite certain that it is a homicide.
Although all evidence points to the murder being politically motivated, the more Gowda delves into the case, the more convinced he is that it isn't an assassination. As he and his team launch a parallel investigation, they stumble upon a secret and murky world where there are no rules or mercy. When Gowda's hand is forced, he takes a calculated risk and infiltrates the sinister domain to bring the truth out into the open ... Will he succeed? And at what price?
Vivid with detail and taut with suspense, Hot Stage is at once a cracking police procedural and an intense exploration of the squalor and vice that fester in the shadowy lanes of an urban sprawl.
ANITA NAIR is one of India's most acclaimed authors whose oeuvreranges from literary fiction to noir to poetry to children's literature totranslation. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages aroundthe world and have been adapted for audio, the stage and the screen. She is therecipient of several prizes and honours including the Central Sahitya Akademiaward, the Crossword Prize and the National Film Award.
Founder of the creative writing mentorship programmeAnita's Attic which has mentored over 125 writers, Anita Nair is also aHigh-Profile Supporter of the UNHCR.
Anita Nair's new novel is Hot Stage, third in the Borei Gowdanoir series.