The perfect murder

by H.R.F. Keating

Paper Book, 1997




Chicago Academy Chicago 1997


In India, money speaks louder than actions, but Inspector Ghote is prepared to fight through corruption and incompetence in order to do his duty. He has not one, but two, baffling crimes on his hands.

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LibraryThing member PeterCat1
Perfect Murder is the sixth or seventh Khote book that I have read and easily the worst. If I had read this book first, I would not have probably attempted to read any other.

The title refers to the attempted murder of a Parsi named Mr Perfect. He is seriously injured at the beginning of the novel but doesn't die. The residents of the house where the incident happens are thoroughly uncooperative. It is only very occasionally that Ghote gets his questions answered. Finally towards the end, he makes a major leap of intuition and solves the case. There is a parallel track of a minor mystery which doesn't amount to much.

The later Ghote books are more polished and realistic. Even when the plot was weak, the writing was enjoyable. Perfect Murder is a rambling work with characters who are caricatures. The plot is not particularly interesting and it moves in fits and starts. Even though this is the first book in the Khote series, a reader should probably start with one of the later works.
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LibraryThing member Eyejaybee
Very disappointing - one of the most irritating and sanctimonious novels I have read for a long time, suffused with triviality.
LibraryThing member Condorena
I had not read this series for a while so I started with the first. A Perfect Murder won some prizes but that was in a different era. I thought Inspector Ghote was too downtrodden, disrespected by the people he questions, by his superiors, by his nagging fishwife of a spouse and almost every one he came in contact with. This was tiring. He is an intelligent thoughtful man on the one hand, and extremely naive on the other since he considers having read one book on the investigation of crimes he knows what to do in all situations.This is like Precious of The Ladies Number One Detective Agency who also read one book which helped her become a sleuth.… (more)


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