CITY OF TINY LIGHTS -- a literary mystery that introduces a thoroughly original British detective with a one-of-a-kind voice
City of Tiny Lights by Patrick Neate (2006, Riverhead Trade; 336 pages)
A contemporary murder mystery set in the heart of London, this is the story of Tommy Akhtar, a London P.I. of Ugandan-Indian heritage with a fondness for Wild Turkey, Benson & Hedges, and the game of cricket. Akhtar is one-of-a-kind, his voice a rollicking blend of erudite thought delivered in delightfully crude slang. He's a hard-drinking veteran of the Mujahideen, a devoted son, sometime private investigator and sometime idol to the thug-lites of the ethnic motley of West London. Hired by a bewitching prostitute, he's to track down the whereabouts of her missing friend, last seen meeting a client in a local dive. But as the search heats up, Tommy's case takes a turn for the sinister, as he's drawn into a murder investigation and the dark side of both the establishment and those who plan to overthrow it.
This is a literary mystery that introduces a thoroughly original British detective, and a side of London that the mystery world has never seen.
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