Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
by Deepa Anappara
Release date: February 4th, 2020
“…atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read…”
Debut author and seasoned journalist, Deepa Anappara creates an atmospheric, heartbreaking and vivid portrayal of life in a basti when children go missing from an Indian slum. Bringing to light social issues, misogyny, religious conflict, police corruption, poverty, elitism and even a touch of folklore this book is more than meets the eye.
Obsessed with true-crime television, 9-year-old Jai dreams about becoming a detective. When a classmate goes missing Jai and his friends Pari and Faiz decide to investigate when the local police are indifferent. “The Djinn Patrol” decides to look into the case but when more children are taken the case becomes much more than they bargained for and hits closer to home than they expected.
Personally, this book is one that will stick with me for a long time. The author brings to life vivid details in each and every scene, immersing the reader in the culture. Knowing that although fiction, much of the book is based on facts, is chilling. The author also shares the tragic statistic that approximately 180 children go missing in India every day and that many never make the newspapers or are ever thoroughly investigated. Flawlessly written, atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read that I would highly recommend!