Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line


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**Chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club**Three weeks ago I was only a schoolkid but now I'm a detective and also a tea-shop boy...'A brilliant debut' Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of AtonementNine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he's smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.'Djinn Patrol is storyte



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"Djinn Patrol is storytelling at its best. The prose is not just sympathetic, vivid, and beautifully detailed, but also completely assured and deft. We care about these characters from the first page and our concern for them is richly repaid" Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering "A brilliant debut" Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of Atonement "Deepa Anappara is a writer of considerable talent. This is a wonderful, energetic book filled with humour and pathos. Charming, sensitive and deeply moving" Nathan Filer, Costa Prize-winning author of The Shock of the Fall "In this thrilling reading experience, Deepa Anappara creates a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate. Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line is an entertaining, wonderful debut" Chigozie Obioma, Booker-prize shortlisted author of An Orchestra of Minorities "A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life. The storytelling is distinctive and immersive" Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant