Spanning continents and centuries, combining history, political intrigue, crime and passion, it is a story of human fascination for timeless diamonds, while the lives around them are rendered transient. Dharwadker writes a fast-paced narrative with verve and wit.
Dilip M. Menon, Mellon Chair in Indian Studies; Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand
An epic story of diamonds, murder and mystery skillfully woven across two subcontinents, South Africa and India, told with an insider’s knowledge of both settings.
Keith Breckenridge, Professor of History, The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of the Witwatersrand
Diamonds, detectives, romance, and an epic timescale across South Africa and India – a riveting combination written by an author who knows both countries well.
Isabel Hofmeyr, Global Distinguished Professor, NYU, Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand
An excellent novel of intrigue and suspense, crossing continents, eras, and cultures. Dharwadker has also shown how the fascinating history of identification is woven into the fabric of our lives… A cracking read.
Edward Higgs, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Essex
An international murder mystery rolled in the diamond industry intrigue against the backdrop of sweeping antiquity, dating back to thousands of years in India to the present day South Africa, in a seamless mosaic of graphic accounts! I’m stunned by Dharwadker’s mastery of Indian mythology and European history. A page-turner for sure.
Dr S. P. Kothari, Gordon Y Billard Professor at MIT, Chief Economist of the US Securities and Exchange Commission

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