The Opium Clerk
Author: Kunal Basu
9788172237202 | PB | pp. 316 | 2008 | HarperCollins
The Opium Clerk tells the story of a man who, when luck finds him a job at an auction house, is embroiled in a mysterious trade and even more deeply embroiled in the affairs of his nefarious superior.
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Hiran is born in 1857: the year of Mutiny and the year his father dies. Brought to Calcutta by his widowed mother he turns out to have few talents, apart from an uncanny ability to read a man’s lies in his palm. When luck gets him a job at the auction house, Hiran finds himself embroiled in a mysterious trade, and even more deeply embroiled inthe affairs of his nefarious superior, the infamous Mr Jonathan Crabbe and his opium addicted wife. An unlikely hero, Hiran is caught up in rebellion and war, buffeted by storms at sea, by love and intrigue, innocently implicated in fraud and dark dealings.
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