The murder of a famous movie magnate in Burdwan brings many outsiders to the town, including private detective Koel Deb on assignment from the West Bengal government, a feminist activist, a man who declines to reveal his identity, and the national media. At the same time, former Somali Ambassador Michael Marco's help is requested by the police when an African female corpse is discovered in Bandel. As Koel and Michael recount their separate experiences, they arrive at highly unexpected conclusions.
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 Marcos 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 minute of diplomatic maneuverings. After 42 years as a diplomat, Krishnan Srinivasan lives in Kolkata. He is a regular commentator on international relations in books and national dailies.