I judged this book by its cover and got just about what I paid for- a page-turning murder mystery set in Calcutta of indeterminate literary value (for the record I was looking for something fluffy to read). What I didn't expect, however, was to read a piece of popular fiction that quickly veered into Orientalism. It started out generally, "all Indians think this way" and "all Indians act that way" but quickly came to create a vision of India populated by tantric sex, goat sacrifice, and evil- and not much else. Said would have had a field day with this one. By the end all the male Indians have become feminized, India is a dark, sexual and unknowable place, and white women in India have become corrupted, exoticized, and uncontrollable. Yes, Kali isn't all rose petals and sunshine and Calcutta isn't heaven, but I think a slightly more nuanced version of India might be in order. It also got old reading about an old male writer with writers block (repetition intended). Overall, the book was certainly a page-turner, but deeply flawed.