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A princely state in India, 1930, under the British Raj. To Bhopore and its opulent Summer Palace comes a handful of Western visitors to meet the outrageous Maharajah and his entourage. There they met the Maharajah’s heir, the sensual Porgy, and his English chorus-girl mistress. They meet the enigmatic chief minister—and the aloof British Resident, with his dignified little nine-year-old son. And before long they also meet sudden death….Various people in the Palace become suspects, and an imperturbable District Superintendent of Police is called in. But who will he find guilty of the murder of the Maharajah?
It is just Inspector Ghote’s luck to be landed with the case of the Perfect Murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police. For this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. Andif this were not enough, Ghote finds himself having to investigate the mysertious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Ver Imortant Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts. “If people would only behave in a simple, reasonable, logical way,” sights the inspector as he struggles through the quagmires of incompentence and corruption to solve these curious crimes.