The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star


By Vaseem Khan

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Mumbai is a city that thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters.
But as Chopra is about to discover, even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending.

Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma’s formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world’s most flamboyant movie industry.

As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture.

And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction. . .

  • "Wildly inventive ... a great warmth and wisdom infuse this and the other Baby Ganesh books."
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  • "Smoothly combines an affable lead, a seemingly impossible crime, and an endearing and highly unusual sidekick-a baby elephant named Ganesha.... Fans of Alexander McCall Smith will find a lot to like."
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  • "An entertaining feel-good read in the tradition of Alexander McCall Smith.... Utterly charming."
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  • "The deep love for Mumbai and its people - warts and all - that Inspector Chopra shares with his creator infuses the novel from the beginning. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra is certainly a delightful and uplifting crime caper, but it also comes with an edifying dose of serious social comment, with many of Chopra's preoccupations mirroring those of his creator."
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  • "An enchanting start to a new series."
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  • "A winning debut...Khan's affection for Mumbai and its residents adds to the novel's charm."
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  • "Debut Mumbai-based 'cosy' - complete with baby elephant - keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra - and the elephant - for a long series."
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  • "Thought-provoking mystery... promising debut."
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  • "Charming."
    Marie Claire on The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
  • "A fantastic and heartwarming read... I can't wait to see what happens next!"
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On Sale
Jul 18, 2017
Hachette Audio

Vaseem Khan

About the Author

Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a consultant. It was the most unusual thing he’d ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels.

He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished daily by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime.

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