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The iciest sin
Keating, H. R. F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-2011.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [1990]

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Ever since the debut of Inspector Ganesh Ghote is 1965's The Perfect Murder (which received the Gold Dagger Award for the British Crime Writers Association), mystery fans have been entranced by the tenacious little policeman from Bombay. Here is the latest novel in what Time called, a delightful and convincing comic series.

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H. R. F. Keating (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter "Harry" Keating) was born in St. Leonards-on-Sea on October 31, 1926. He attended Merchant Taylor's School in London, England and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He worked for The Times (London) as the crime books reviewer from 1967 to 1983. His first novel, Death and the Visiting Firemen, was published in 1959. He wrote about 50 fiction and nonfiction works during his lifetime, but is best known for the Inspector Ghote series. His other works include the Harriet Martens Mysteries series and Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His World.

Keating received the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1964 for The Perfect Murder and in 1980 for The Murder of the Maharajah, the Edgar Alan Poe award in 1988, the George N. Dove Award in 1995, and the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding service to crime fiction in 1996. He died of cardiac failure on March 27, 2011 at the age of 84.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

This latest episode of the adventures of Inspector Ghote of the Bombay police will most definitely satisfy the inspector's many fans. Readers who have somehow managed to miss this excellent series should be introduced to the inspector as soon as possible. This time, the endearing Ghote falls into a nasty tangle of blackmail, the "iciest sin" of the title. Handicapped by his superior's wish that he act sub rosa, Ghote attempts to trap a scandal sheet publisher who is delicately extorting money from some of Bombay's most distinguished citizens. In the process, the inspector must do a little blackmailing of his own, no easy task for such a scrupulously honest fellow. Keating has yet again turned out a solid story featuring one of the most charming and delightful police inspectors ever to appear in print. Order multiple copies with confidence. ~--Stuart Miller

Library Journal Review

This mystery by the author of The Body in the Billiard Room (Recorded Bks., 1988) and Under a Monsoon Cloud (Recorded Bks., 1990) will appeal to listeners who enjoy thought-provoking, complex stories as well as listeners who enjoy armchair visits to other cultures. Set in Bombay, the tale explores the increasingly complex web of deceit that results from a single act of blackmail. Mild-mannered, thoughtful inspector Ghote is coerced into spying on Bombay's most notorious blackmailer, Dolly Daruwala. Soon the woman is killed by an otherwise honorable and brilliant scientist. Ghote, who witnessed the crime, finds that he's the next to be blackmailed. Interwoven with the clandestine dealings and police proceedings is the story of Ghote's son, who yearns for a home computer and is not above manipulating his father to get one. The story's resolution is realistic if somewhat surprising. Read by Sam Dastor, this is for most public libraries.-- Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.