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The Case of the Missing Servant – Tarquin Hall

Bok 1 om Vish Puri
Sjanger: Mysterie/retrokrim/feelgood
Først utgitt: 2009
På norsk: 2012
Forlag: Arrow Books (Perleblekk her i Norge)
Format: Heftet
ISBN: 9788205415591 (på norsk: 9788299846073)
Sider: 312
Kilde: Anmeldereksemplar fra Perleblekk.

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Om boka: The portly Vish Puri is India’s most accomplished detective, at least in his own estimation, and is also the hero of an irresistible new mystery series set in hot, dusty Delhi. Puri’s detective skills are old-fashioned in a Sherlock Holmesian way and a little out of sync with the tempo of the modern city, but Puri is clever and his methods work. The Case of the Missing Servant shows Puri (“Chubby” to his friends) and his wonderfully nicknamed employees (among them, Handbrake, Flush, and Handcream) hired for two investigations. The first is into the background of a man surprisingly willing to wed a woman her father considers unmarriageable, and the second is into the disappearance six months earlier of a servant to a prominent Punjabi lawyer, a young woman known only as Mary.
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Jeg fikk denne av Perleblekk, fordi de slipper den på norsk i disse dager, med tittelen «Tjenestepiken som forsvant«. Jeg har dermed lest den på engelsk, men du kan lese den på norsk nå. Bare sånn at det er på det rene. Jeg ble jo unektelig nysgjerrig da forlaget mailet meg og lurte på om en indisk detektiv med Hercule Poirot-tendenser kunne være noe for meg. Faste lesere vet at krim for meg er vanskelig. Jeg har lagt merke til at når jeg først liker krim, liker jeg enten skikkelig blodig og grotesk krim eller skikkelig retro Agatha Christie-type krim. Og dette passer relativt godt inn i sistnevnte kategori.

Still, the fifty-one-year-old detective shuddered to think what his wife would say if she found out he was eating between meals – especially ‘outside’ food that had not been prepared by her own hands (or at least by one of the servants).

Vish Puri er altså Indias fremste privatdetektiv. Ja, det sier han i allefall selv, da, men han har gjort det stort og vært på noen forsider her og der. Klientene hans leier ham ofte for å grave frem skjellettene i skapet til fremtidige ektemaker og svigerforeldre, og Vish Puri leverer alltid – med hjelp av diverse ansatte. På kontoret sitter sekretær Elizabeth Rani og skriver alt som er av notater og dokumenter mens detektiven dikterer (han er ikke så veldig høyteknologisk selv, sånn sett). Handbrake kjører bilen, Tubelight og Flush blander seg inn med lokale dagdrivere og plukker opp rykter, og vakre Facecream kan stort sett gjøre hva som helst, fra å ta jobb som tjener eller være en honeytrap for potensielt utro menn.

Og denne gangen blir Most Private Investigator kontaktet av en fortvilet advokat som har mistet en av hustjenerne sine: ei ung jente som ingen ser ut til å egentlig vite noen ting om. Siden han har jobbet mot korrupsjon i India, er det folk som er ute etter ham overalt, og veien er kort til at han blir anklaget for å ha voldtatt, drept og deretter dumpet liket av Mary. Vish Puri må finne ut hva som egentlig skjedde med tjeneren før advokatens navn blir tilsmusset og han må sone for et drap han mener han ikke begikk.

Og da er vi i gang. Gammelmodige Vish Puri samler spor på den gammeldagse måten: han legger merke til detaljer, infiltrerer miljøer og bruker de små grå. Men det går ikke for seg uten drama: Mens han steller med chiliplantene hans oppe på taket sitt i huset i New Dehli, blir han beskutt. Og det er ikke første gang noen har prøvd å ta ham av dage. Men denne gangen får moren til den godt voksne detektiven nok. Hun kommer så fort hun kan fra huset sitt og setter (til Puris store fortvilelse, siden kvinner i følge han ikke har peiling på sånt) i gang sin egen etterforskning. Og i tillegg til disse to sakene blir han kontaktet av en svigerfar som slett ikke synes noe om datterens utkårede, selv om det ikke har vært grunn til mistanke så langt. Klarer Puri å løse alle disse tre sakene?

‘The case has been a complicated one and required all my skills as a detective, but fortunately I was up to the task,’ began Puri.
Shekhawat rolled his eyes and looked at his watch.

Så du for deg Poirot ved slutten av en etterforskning da du leste utdraget over? Det gjorde nemlig jeg. Når han samler alle menneskene i et rom på slutten, stiller seg opp foran peisen og ramser opp alle spor, mistanker og hemmeligheter på rekke og rad til sjokkerte og stadig mer bekymrede tilhørere. Jeg synes Tarquin Hall har fått med seg mye av essensen i klassiske mysterier, og med en solid dæsj indisk krydder og lun humor blir det bra.

Jeg har ikke lest bøkene om Mma Romatswe – Damenes Detektivbyrå nr. 1-serien av Alexander McCall Smith – men denne serien blir stadig sammenlignet med den. «Hvis Mma Romatswe er en afrikansk Marple, er Vish Puri en indisk Poirot» står det blant annet på omslaget her. Så om du har sansen for Damenes Detektivbyrå nr. 1, virker det sannsynlig at denne også kan falle i smak. Selv om den dro litt ut her og der, likte jeg den stort sett godt. Jeg måtte flire i blant, spesielt av Puris holdninger (og småspisingen hans til tross for både doktoren og konas advarsler). God underholdning når man ikke orker noe særlig mer enn lun feelgood!

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Forfatter-bio:
Tarquin Hall (f. 1969) er en britisk forfatter og journalist. Han har dog tilbragt store deler av livet sitt i andre land, både i Sør-Asia, Midtøsten og Afrika – i forbindelse med både jobb og som turist. Han har blant annet jobbet for Associated Press TV i Sør-Asia. For tiden bor han i London og New Dehli. Han er gift med en indisk-født BBC-reporter og har et barn.
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