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Bribery, Corruption Also Hardcover – August 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Inspector Ghote
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur; 1st edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312205023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312205027
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The take-charge Inspector Ghote (Asking Questions, etc.) of the Bombay police is decidedly out of his element on a trip to Calcutta. He is accompanied to that boisterous yet decaying city by his domineering wife, Protima, so that she might inspect her inheritance, presumably an impressive mansion. But as this slow, convoluted, yet wryly comic novel shows, little in Ghote's life is as it appearsAparticularly in a city where incessant rot and unparalleled beauty exist side-by-side. Ghote is suspicious when he discovers that Protima's mansion, now in a state of total disrepair and inhabited by hostile squatters, already has someone eager to buy. The property, he learns, will have the only access to a secretly planned housing development. In seeking who has the most to gain from swindling Protima, Ghote runs into corrupt figures at every level, including the shameless lawyer who mishandled the original will (for a bribe), the crusading newspaper editor who might be a fraud and the sinister police chief who is the ultimate cynic. But why is an innocent law clerk killed? Ghote is determined not to be outwitted, and his obstinate wife ultimately cooperates toward this goal. Rich in history and charm, though not in excitement, this is a modest addition to a beloved, long-running series. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Inspector Ghote, of the Bombay police, accompanies his wife to Calcutta in order to take possession of an inherited house. The hassles they encounter reveal corruption, conspiracy, and more. For series fans.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Inspector Ghote loves doing police work in his beloved Bombay. Still, when his wife Protima inherits a luxurious home in Calcutta, the pair discusses his retirement and their moving away from Bombay. However, upon seeing the home, Protima's childhood memories of that house quickly shatter as the home is in utter disrepair and squatters occupy it.
Their attorney suggests they sell the pink elephant as quickly as they can to get it off their hands. To Ghote and Protima's shock, a buyer surfaces almost immediately. Perhaps, it is his work that makes Ghote immediately suspicious of the sudden appearance of a buyer. He begins to investigate, only to place himself and Protima in danger by a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of the local government.
The latest Inspector Ghote mystery is an entertaining tale that seems too simple for one of the genre's great police officers. The story line concentrates on layer after layer of bribery and corruption that Ghote with his spouse uncovers, sort of like peeling an artichoke. The tale is enjoyable because of the rich insight into Calcutta, but the prime plot never quite hovers more than a few feet off the ground. Still, award winning author H.R.J. Keating will please fans of the series with the latest entry that places Protina more in the spotlight than usual.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Austin VINE VOICE on April 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For about forty years, English writer and critic H R F Keating has been mining the rich vein of gentle humor and rickety policing that the rest of the world associates with the culture of Bombay and other parts of India. His police officer is Inspector Ghote. At the time he initiated his series of 21 Inspector Ghote books, Keating had never set foot in India. I am not sure whether he has since explored the real India he has so well evoked in his fiction.
�Bribery, Corruption Also� dates from Keating�s early seventies. Inspector Ghote, once pedaling a bicycle to investigate crime, is now being driven around Calcutta searching for a house his wife has inherited. If time and action move slowly in his other Ghote books, they amble at an even slower pace here. Expect leisurely narrative rather than cliffhangers on every page. Expect only one minor murder rather than serial killings. And expect Anglo-Indian dialogue such as this: �We are knowing you now. No need for more concealings.�
Since other useful reviewers have outlined the book�s plot, I have instead tried to convey the mellow flavor and gentle tempo of a reading experience that has provided me with many hours of enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Bribery, Corruption Also is my least favorite of the novels in the distinguished series concerning the Bombay police detective, Inspector Ghote. Unless you feel compelled to read every book in the series, you can skip this one.
The book opens as Inspector Ghote and his wife, Protima, are flying to Calcutta. Protima has unexpectedly inherited an estate from a distant relative. She remembers the house and land fondly from her youth, and is determined to move to Calcutta so that the Ghotes can retire there on her inheritance. Having come from Calcutta originally, she rhapsodizes about the many wonders of Calcutta. Everything is better or bigger there than anywhere else.
This sets up a nice tension, because Inspector Ghote loves his native Bombay and his police work there. He has no interest in moving to Calcutta, but doesn't want to spoil his wife's joy.
Upon arrival, they decide to visit the house on their own before the appointed trip planned with the estate's lawyer. What they find is a rundown mess filled with immigrant squatters. While there, they meet the next-door neighbor who bewails the fact that Protima's relative had been unwilling to sell while the property still had some value.
But no matter! Protima decides that she will oust the squatters, repair the house, and move in. When the lawyer arrives, he tries to talk her out of that . . . and mentions that he has a buyer for the property. But why would anyone want to buy it? During the conversation, the lawyer contradicts what the neighbor has said about Protima's relative not wanting to sell. That puts Inspector Ghote on his guard. Soon he finds more contradictions, especially when the lawyer tries to avoid advancing any money from the estate to Protima.
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Inspector Ganesh Ghote of the Bombay Police Headquarters and his Bengali wife, Protima, are traveling to Calcutta, where Mrs. Ghote was born. Mrs. Ghote is about to claim her inheritance, a large house that was bequeathed to her by a "cousin-uncle." While their taxi driver attempts to navigate the crowded streets of the city, Inspector Ghote is overwhelmed by the noise and revelry of a religious festival in progress. He is instantly put off by the "utter lack of restraint" of the populace. Although he is on temporary leave from his job, Ghote worries that his enthusiastic wife will urge him to retire so that they can live in Calcutta permanently. She claims that Calcutta is a more civilized place than Bombay, with less crime and corruption.

When Protima and Ghote arrive at the residence they are planning to occupy, they are stunned. It is a "battered, eaten away ruin," "a sadly dilapidated mansion," inhabited by squatters. Nor are they reassured by the lawyer who summoned them, Mr. A. K. Dutt-Dastar. He wears wrap-around sunglasses and is too slick by half. He urges Protima to sell her property and return with the money to Bombay. However, she has her heart set on reliving the happy days of her youth in her dream home. What follows is nothing short of a nightmare for the naïve couple. They are about to learn some unpleasant lessons about how business is conducted in this harsh place.

To their woe, the Ghotes learn that Calcutta is no better than Bombay when it comes to graft and criminal behavior. As a trained detective, Ghote dutifully tries to uncover the details of what appears to be a plot to steal Protima's inheritance. Ghote, a good and honest man, valiantly tries to stand up for his wife.
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