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Cut Like Wound

(2012)
(The first book in the Inspector Gowda series)
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"Nair writes big, brave descriptions of one brutal murder after the next, relentlessly describing each death even as sub-inspector Santosh loses his breakfast over them." - Time Out

It's the first day of Ramadan in heat-soaked Bangalore. A young man begins to dress: makeup, a sari, and expensive pearl earrings. Before the mirror he is transformed into Bhuvana. She is a hijra, a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of the city.

What Bhuvana wants, she nearly gets: a passing man is attracted to this elusive young woman - but someone points out that Bhuvana is no woman. For that, the interloper's throat is cut. A case for Inspector Borei Gowda, going to seed, and at odds with those around him including his wife, his colleagues, even the informers he must deal with. More corpses and Urmila, Gowda's ex-flame, are added to this spicy concoction of a mystery novel.

Most intriguing is the grim world of Bhuvana. Her hijra fantasies, emotions, and hopes are etched in a way that is chilling yet oddly touching. Some mysteries remain till almost the end, for instance Bhuvana's connection with the wealthy, corrupt Corporator Ravikumar, who lives in a mansion as grand as the Mysore Palace and controls whole districts of Bangalore.

Anita Nair lives in Bangalore and is a prize-winning author. Her novel Ladies Coupe, published in the United States by St. Martin's Press, is a feminist classic which has been translated in thirty languages all over the world. This is her first crime novel.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : Paperback
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Title: Cut Like Wound
Author(s): Anita Nair
ISBN: 9350293803 / 978-9350293805
Publisher: HarperCollins India
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May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Cut-Like Wound, A (Inspector Gowda)
Author(s): Anita Nair
ISBN: 1-908524-36-7 / 978-1-908524-36-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Cut Like Wound, A
Author(s): Anita Nair
ISBN: 1-5318-3922-3 / 978-1-5318-3922-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Cut Like Wound
Author(s): Anita Nair
Publisher: Audible Studios
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May 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Cut Like Wound
Author(s): Anita Nair
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Cut Like Wound
Author(s): Anita Nair
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Cut-Like Wound (The Inspector Gowda Series)
Author(s): Anita Nair
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
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June 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Cut-Like Wound (The Inspector Gowda Series)
Author(s): Anita Nair
Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA