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    A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, beggars, cultists, spies, and terrorists--the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern-day Mumbai, in this soaring, uncompromising, and unforgettable epic masterwork of literary art.

    Praise For…

    “SACRED GAMES [is] as hard to put down as it is to pick up.”
    -New York Times Book Review

    “Page after page it plucks me from the here and now.”
    -Sven Birkerts, Boston Sunday Globe

    “Chandra gives a startling, blood-pumping fallible humanity to his characters.”
    -Sandip Roy, San Francisco Chronicle

    “Ravishing…Extraordinary...A chaotic and luminous whole.”
    -Entertainment Weekly

    “Chandra…knows exactly when to break rules and when to follow them…Chandra’s genius is in the way he trusts his reader.”
    -Los Angeles Times

    “Ambitious, sprawling...combines the attractions of 19th-century fiction and a modern police procedural.”

    “A genre-bending, multilayered saga...expertly paced and nuanced...A sheer entertainment extravaganza.”

    “As sprawling as the heat-drenched city it richly portrays.”
    -New York Times

    “Bold, fresh and big…SACRED GAMES deserves praise for its ambitions but also for its terrific achievement.”
    -Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air

    “Monumental…Chandra brilliantly all its vibrant chaos.”
    -Wall Street Journal

    “It’s a rare pleasure to be arrested by this novel’s thunderous momentum...Few readers will be unenthralled.”
    -Bruce Allen, Boston Sunday Globe

    “[Sacred Games] brings us to India in full force…Impossibly rich.”
    -Daily News

    “makes palpable a very foreign city, explores deep moral questions...BUY IT.”
    -New York magazine

    “SACRED GAMES envisions a world--an underworld actually--that is complete, persuasive, and startlingly original.”

    “One of the most brilliant...tales I’ve read in years...SACRED GAMES is compulsively readable.”
    -Eric Ormsby, New York Sun

    “Intoxicating... SACRED GAMES offers up a world worthy of the effort required to take it all in.”
    -Rocky Mountain News

    “A terrific, brilliant earthmover of a book. Crime and Punishment crossed with The Godfather, with some Sopranos-inspired irony.””
    -John Freeman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    “The pacing and mother lode of cinematic details in the narrative make the journey...worth taking, even more than once.”
    -Daily News

    “Well-written entertainment…a plot of Victorian complexity.”
    -Atlantic Monthly

    “Electrifying…Chandra pulls off some extraordinary writing…He…hands us the keys to the city and reveals its sordid mysteries.”
    -Carl Bromley, The Nation

    “A work of masterfully crafted fiction...a gritty and grounded epic reminiscent of voluminous and character-rich nineteenth century literature.”
    -San Diego Union-Tribune

    “SACRED GAMES won’t deliver nirvana, but submerging in it, like the Ganges itself, can restore your wonder.”
    -Cleveland Plain Dealer

    “A grand story...carefully and passionately told…The temptation upon turning the last page will be to return to the first.”
    -Denver Post

    “Unfailingly interesting…Superbly realized…The novel bursts with characters…I almost never wanted to put it down.”
    -Houston Chronicle

    “A pulsing thriller...Quite enough to enrapture a reader for 900 pages...the payoff is grand and satisfying.”
    -Seattle Times

    “Spiced with flavors of the subcontinent, this epic novel-part crime thriller, part human drama, part travelogue-is entirely entertaining.”

    “Exhilaratingly ambitious and entertaining…[A] vivid portrait of the clash and jangle and excitement of modern-day Mumbai.”

    “An irresistible story that you simply cannot keep out of your head...It is, more than anything else, literary magic.”
    -Christian Science Monitor

    “Dazzling…Chandra’s sure-handed writing injects the novel with layers of depth and meaning.”
    -Sunday Oregonian

    “Lavish, accomplished, and…elegant…[SACRED GAMES] offers Western readers a panoramic view of contemporary India.”

    “Superb…complex, mesmerizing...a full-immersion experience, as if Dickens had written THE GODFATHER and placed it in India.”
    -Grand Rapids Press

    “Exquisite...A passionate tribute to contemporary India.”

    “A remarkable blend of literary novel and potboiler.”
    -San Antonio Express-News

    “Rich...Utterly convincing..A monumental portrait of interwoven lives that lingers with a reader long after the case is closed.”
    -Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    “Riveting...A splendidly big, finely made book destined to dazzle a big audience.”
    -Booklist (starred review)

    “Masterfully crafted fiction…the resonance and elegance...of his writing…put across the full vulnerability and humanity of his characters.” Books

    “A classical Bombay underworld epic...Raymond Chandler with songs.”
    -ABC magazine

    “Unstinting in its ambition...flourishing in its characters…[An] intriguing act of literary decolonization…Sacred Games is cinematic in scope.”
    -Newsweek International Edition

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780061130366
    ISBN-10: 0061130362
    Publisher: Harper Perennial
    Publication Date: December 18th, 2007
    Pages: 964
    Language: English