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The Case of the Missing Servant

(2009)
(The first book in the Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator series)
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Meet Vish Puri, India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swath through modern India's swindlers, cheats, and murderers.

In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests.

But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking potshots at him and his prize chili plants? And why is his widowed "Mummy-ji" attempting to play sleuth when everyone knows mummies are not detectives?

With his team of undercover operatives -- Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream -- Puri ingeniously combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than two thousand years ago -- long before "that Johnny-come-lately" Sherlock Holmes donned his deerstalker.

The search for Mary takes him to the desert oasis of Jaipur and the remote mines of Jharkhand. From Puri's well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, his adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Case Of The Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-84782-953-8 / 978-1-84782-953-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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October 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant (Center Point Platinum Mystery (Large Print))
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-60285-574-9 / 978-1-60285-574-8 (USA edition)
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: from the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator (Vish Puri Mysteries)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-4165-8368-8 / 978-1-4165-8368-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri 1)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-09-192563-0 / 978-0-09-192563-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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May 2009 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-7710-3825-9 / 978-0-7710-3825-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri 1)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-09-952523-2 / 978-0-09-952523-3 (UK edition)
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April 2010 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-7710-3755-4 / 978-0-7710-3755-9 (Canada edition)
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator (A Vish Puri Mystery)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-4391-7237-4 / 978-1-4391-7237-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-09-192564-9 / 978-0-09-192564-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator (The Vish Puri Mysteries)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-72131-635-3 / 978-1-72131-635-9
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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February 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
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February 2011 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 1-4464-6126-2 / 978-1-4464-6126-6 (UK edition)
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February 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
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August 2009 : USA Audio CD

Title: The Case of the Missing Servant Lib/E: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
ISBN: 0-7927-6452-8 / 978-0-7927-6452-6 (USA edition)
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August 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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March 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant (Vish Puri series Book 1)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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June 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator (Vish Puri series Book 1)
Author(s): Tarquin Hall
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon