Kolkata Noir from author Tom Vater is my latest and greatest read! Have you read Kolkata Noir yet?
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“Life in Calcutta was murder. And time was its most reliable assassin.”Kolkata Noir
About Kolkata Noir
Becker is a British traveler in trouble. Madhurima is a rising star police officer. In these three explosive tales, the two join forces to investigate the city’s crooked high society.
On the way, they take on deluded would-be messiahs in search of Mother Teresa’s stolen millions, encounter fanatics, circus freaks and cannibals, fall in and out of love and pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful and toughest cities.
Amidst passion, murder and mayhem, is there room for two lovers driven by justice and compassion?
Tom Vater’s ‘Kolkata Noir’ is a riveting crime fiction cycle of three novellas set in the past, the present and the future.
Thoughts on Kolkata Noir
Kolkata Noir is a fairly short read, at just 208 pages, and three short stories of the past, present, and future.
I am not entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but I was hooked! I’m a big fan of short stories because it takes serious skill to write short stories and be worthwhile to read. If you’ve read my thoughts on Beautiful, Complicated Family or Like Only a Woman Can, then you know exactly how much I appreciate quality character development without becoming boring and tedious.
My favorite part about these three short stories is that they all intertwine with each other, yet they can stand on their own just as well.
Because the character development is on point, it was easy to find myself enjoying the three stories, and wanting to see more of Becker and Madhurima and rooting for their success.
I’m not going to tell you about the books, because I can’t do them justice in this review. I’m simply going to tell you that they are absolutely worth a read! Because these are short stories, they are actually perfect to sit and read either before bed or at breakfast over coffee.
Final Thoughts on Kolkata Noir
I was impressed at how quickly I was hooked into reading Kolkata Noir, and constantly wanted to keep reading until I was done. Tom Vater writes brilliant short stories that keep you wanting to read more.
This was the first book I’ve read from Tom Vater, however it will definitely not be the last!
“The air was warm and dirty, ready to be chopped into spongy blocks of unpleasant solidity.”Kolkata Noir
Have you read Kolkata Noir or any other novels from Tom Vater? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Tom Vater is a writer and editor working predominantly in Asia.
He has published four novels, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish, and the Detective Maier trilogy which includes The Cambodian Book of the Dead (2012), its follow-up The Man with the Golden Mind (2013), and finally The Monsoon Ghost Image (2018).
His articles on Asian politics, tourism, the environment, minorities, pop and youth culture have been published in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Mekong Review, Marie Claire, and Geographical.
He is correspondent for Germany’s largest independent travel publisher Reise-Know-How in Thailand as well as The Daily Telegraph’s Thailand destination expert, and a frequent contributor to the Nikkei Asian Review.
He has published several non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed and bestselling Sacred Skin (with his former wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat), the more recent Burmese Light with photographer Hans Kemp and Cambodia: Journey through the Lad of the Khmer with photographer Kraig Lieb, the best selling illustrated book in Cambodia in 2018/2019.
Tom is the co-author of several documentary screenplays, most notably The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature on the CIA’s covert war in 1960s Laos.
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