Celebrated Somali diplomat Michael Marco is the executor of the Will of his Indian friend Baldev Vaccher, and accompanies Baldev's daughter Tatiana to Sweden, where unexplained deaths occur in a university town. Returning to an India wracked by terrorist attacks which bear Pakistan’s imprint, Marco is reluctant to be enlisted by the Indian Prime Minister to act as a mediator with Pakistan. Deeply troubled by his own rootlessness and personal loss, but conscious of his responsibilities to Tatiana, Marco is drawn into the vortex of her romantic and emotional highs and lows, compounded by the menace of the Maoist insurgency in Bengal.
Krishnan Srinivasan is the only Indian foreign secretary to write novels. His quintet of political and psychological thrillers, four published by Har-Anand Publications, feature Somali master diplomat Michael Marco’s triumphs and travails in various parts of the world. In this latest story, Marco is a man uneasy with his celebrity status and confronted by death, terrorism and intrigue against a background minuet of diplomatic monoeuvrings. After 42 years as a diplomat, Krishnan Srinivasan lives in Kolkata. He is a regular commentator on international relations in books and national dailies.