In My Mailbox this week:
Private Investigator Jack Hannigan takes on his toughest case yet: a man who has lost his talent. Soon after, a cheerleader hires him to kill a dead man. Then the dead man asks for his help in seducing a stripper to the stars, who later turns up dead herself. The Scotch-guzzling detective tries not to solve any of his cases so that he can keep collecting expenses, which include all the Johnny Walker Blue Label he can drink. A satiric detective novella filled with scenes of gut-splitting humor and borderline pornography
In a land where skin colour can determine one’s destiny, fraternal
twins PULLAMMA and LATA are about to embark on a journey that will
tear their lives apart.
Dark skinned Pullamma dreams of being a wife. With three girls in her
family, the sixteen year old is aware there isn’t enough dowry to
secure suitable husbands for them all. But a girl can hope. She’s well
versed in cooking, pickle making, cow washing — you name it. She’s
also obliged her old-fashioned grandmother by not doing well in school.
Fair skinned and pretty, her twin sister Lata would rather study
medicine than get married. Unable to grasp the depth of Lata’s desire,
the twins’ Grandmother formalizes a wedding alliance for the girl.
Distraught, Lata rebels, with devastating consequences.
As Pullamma helps ready the house for her older sister Malli’s bride
viewing, she prays for a positive outcome to the event. What happens
next is so inconceivable that it will shape Pullamma’s future in ways
she couldn’t have foreseen.
TELL A THOUSAND LIES is a sometimes wry, sometimes sad, but ultimately
realistic look at how superstition and the colour of a girl’s skin
rules India’s hinterlands.