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The Blue Bar (Blue Mumbai Thriller Book 1) by [Damyanti Biswas]

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The Blue Bar (Blue Mumbai Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“Meticulous local color matches sensitive characterizations, including of brave Mumbai police who try to overcome the deadly hazards of the corrupt system they have to work in. This searing portrait of marginalized people struggling for survival is unforgettable.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Blue Bar is a meticulously crafted police procedural set in Mumbai, where the setting—both the Bollywood glitz and the city’s seedy underworld—comes to life with such intensity you can almost smell the air.” The Big Thrill

The Blue Bar will assault your senses as the setting comes alive in this intricately woven mystery. It examines the gritty, corrupt politics of Mumbai as an inspector tries to solve cases of dismembered women when he doesn’t know who to trust within his own ranks. A tale of loyalty, love, and revenge, this sophomore novel by Biswas is not to be missed.” —Jaime Lynn Hendricks, author of Finding Tessa and It Could Be Anyone

“Immersive, propulsive, and beautifully written. In this gaspingly authentic police procedural about a missing dancer and the inspector who cannot forget her, Biswas transports us to India—not only to investigate a grisly and sinister series of murders but to explore the dark and disturbing life of Mumbai’s bar girls. With its heartbreaking love story and Biswas’s revealing social commentary, The Blue Bar will change you, haunt you, and have you understanding the world in a different way.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

The Blue Bar is one of those books that tattoos itself onto your bones—the luscious language, the glorious sense of place, a mystery that draws you in deep, so deep that you forget there’s a world around you. Best of all is Inspector Arnav Singh Rajput, the tender, lionhearted man at the story’s center who will stop at nothing to see that justice is done. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.” —Jess Lourey, Edgar-nominated author of Unspeakable Things

“An intense, visceral thriller that…will leave you breathless!” —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“In the mangrove swamps of Mumbai, dismembered bodies keep turning up. Damyanti Biswas lets us smell the spices and feel the sultry air in the city’s criminal underbelly as we root for detective Arnav and Tara to unmask the killer before he finds them first. Your pulse will race.” —Kristin Wright, author of The Darkest Flower and The Darkest Web

“Dive into Mumbai’s seedy underworld in this absorbing and fast-paced crime thriller. Damyanti Biswas never fails to impress with The Blue Bar. Filled with characters who will enchant you and others who’ll repulse you, action and mystery are weaved through corrupt police, Bollywood, and sultry dance bars. Don’t miss this gripping thriller!” —Rob Samborn, author of The Prisoner of Paradise and Painter of the Damned

“A hard-hitting tale full of twists, drama, murder, and mystery that kept me riveted to the very last word and set in a world you think you know, but have no idea.” —Yasmin Angoe, Editor’s Pick and bestselling author of Her Name Is Knight

“It’s almost unfair to describe Damyanti Biswas’s The Blue Bar as a page-turner—which, believe me, it is. But that was my problem—at every turn of the page I wanted to go back and re-read the lush descriptions of Indian culture and daily life, the marvelous character sketches, the intriguing settings at once familiar and foreign. This isn’t just a great thriller—it’s an immersive fictional experience by a writer at the top of her game.” —David Corbett, award-winning author of The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday

“This Mumbai-set story is simply gripping. It’s about a detective who realizes his lover—who went missing over a decade ago wearing a blue sequined dress—might be the victim of a serial killer. I read it in one day.” —Kellye Garrett, author of Like a Sister

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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On a recent weekend walking a busy downtown street, I spotted the remnants of the night before: a snag of satin threads on a loose nail and a couple of errant sequins sparkling in front of a popular venue. I imagined laughter, people tripping over each other in excitement to see their favorite band.

But for detectives, those same ephemera might be clues.

What if the person who wore those sequins never made it home? What if they weren’t the only one who had disappeared?

When his girlfriend, Tara Mondal, disappeared more than a decade before, Mumbai Inspector Arnav Singh Rajput had hoped she’d just gone on to a better life. On the surface, he’d moved on—become a successful detective and even a bit of a ladies’ man. But he’d never purged the memory of Tara, and he’d always held out hope. Now, blue sequins—like those Tara was wearing the day she disappeared—are scattered over the shallow graves of brutally murdered women. Are the sequins a coincidence or a calling card?

The Blue Bar is the start of an exciting new series following the unrelenting and appealing Inspector Rajput.

—Jessica Tribble Wells, Editor

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NKMQ9RK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (Jan. 1 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5549 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 390 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. She runs a 15-year old blog at, where she speaks about her life, writing and reading.

Her debut crime novel, You Beneath Your Skin, has been optioned for screen by Endemol Shine. Her next, The Blue Bar, part of the Blue Mumbai series, was published Jan 1 2023 by Thomas & Mercer. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called it an exceptional, forgettable crime thriller and a searing portrait of marginalized people struggling for survival.

The sequel, The Blue Monsoon, will be published in October 2023.

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