By Mohammed Hanif
A primary novel of the 1st order—provocative, exuberant, wickedly clever—that reimagines the conspiracies and coincidences resulting in the mysterious 1988 airplane crash that killed Pakistan’s dictator normal Zia ul-Haq.
At the heart is Ali Shigri: Pakistan Air strength pilot and Silent Drill Commander of Fury Squadron. His father, considered one of Zia’s colonels, dedicated suicide lower than suspicious conditions. Ali is decided to appreciate what or who driven his father to such desperation—and to avenge his death.
What he fast discovers is a snarl of occasions: americans in Pakistan, Soviets in Afghanistan, cash in each hand. yet Ali is still sufferer, made up our minds, a slightly world-weary (“You wish freedom and so they provide you with fowl korma”), and unsurprised at discovering Zia at each flip. He mounts an complicated plot for revenge with an ever-changing team (willing and never) that incorporates his silk-underwear-and-cologne-wearing roommate; a hash-smoking American lieutenant with questionable reasons; the executive of Pakistan’s mystery police, who mistakenly believes he’s in cahoots with the CIA; a blind lady imprisoned for fornication; Uncle Starchy, the squadron’s laundryman; and, no longer least of all, a mango-besotted crow. basic Zia—devout Muslim and leering admirer of non-Muslim cleavage—begins each day by way of asking his leader of safeguard: “Who’s attempting to kill me?” and the reply lies in a conspiracy making an attempt its damnedest to take place . . .
Intrigue and subterfuge mix with misstep and good fortune during this darkly comedian ebook approximately love, betrayal, tyranny, family—and a global that all at once resembles our personal.
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