Death in the Air

A Novel

by Ram Murali

On Sale: 06/18/2024

Death in the Air

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Death in the Air

A Novel

by Ram Murali

On Sale: 06/18/2024

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“Glamorous, gripping, absolutely heaps of fun. I loved this.”—Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List and The Paris Apartment

"Unexpected delights await on every page of Ram Murali’s impressive and captivating debut. Crisp as a gin and tonic and delightfully wicked, this smart, smart novel delivers a sophisticated, subversive murder mystery set in the highest stratosphere of the international idle rich. I had to force myself not to binge it in one night so I could savor it like the rare and exquisite meal that it is." —Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

The White Lotus meets Knives Out meets Crazy Rich Asians in this devilishly entertaining debut novel: both a sophisticated locked-room mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie, and a provocative literary whodunit for the twenty-first century.

Ro Krishna is the American son of Indian parents, educated at the finest institutions, equally at home in London’s poshest clubs and on the squash court, but unmoored after he is dramatically forced to leave a high-profile job under mysterious circumstances. He decides it’s time to check in for some much-needed R&R at Samsara, a world-class spa for the global cosmopolitan elite nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. A person could be spiritually reborn in a place like this. Even a very rich person.

But a person—or several—could also die there. Samsara is the Sanskrit word for the karmic cycle of death and rebirth, after all. And as it turns out, the colorful cast of characters Ro meets—including a misanthropic politician; an American movie star preparing for his Bollywood crossover debut; a beautiful heiress to a family jewel fortune that barely survived Partition; and a bumbling white yogi inexplicably there to teach meditation—harbors a murderer among them. Maybe more than one.

As the death toll rises, Ro, a lawyer by training and a sleuth by circumstance, becomes embroiled in a vicious world under a gilded surface, where nothing is quite what it seems . . . including Ro himself. Death in the Air is a brilliant, teasing mystery from a remarkable new talent.  

Critical Praise

“An old-fashioned mystery in the model of Agatha Christie . . . . A frothy, fun, truly escapist read—offering perspective on a certain echelon that feels both hyperbolic and cuttingly real at the same time.” — Vogue (Best of the Year So Far)

"A fascinating genre mashup for the discerning—and reflective—mystery reader." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Glamorous, gripping, absolutely heaps of fun. I loved this." — Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List and The Paris Apartment 

"A stunning, sophisticated, scalpel-sharp murder mystery. Powerful, fun, and hugely rewarding. Immensely impressive." — Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End and All the Colors of the Dark

"Unexpected delights await on every page of Ram Murali’s impressive and captivating debut. Crisp as a gin and tonic and delightfully wicked, this smart, smart novel delivers a sophisticated, subversive murder mystery set in the highest stratosphere of the international idle rich. I had to force myself not to binge it in one night so I could savor it like the rare and exquisite meal that it is." — Kevin Kwan, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

"A warm broth of Golden Age mystery (both Agatha Christie and Richard Osman would be proud), contemporary comedy (think Crazy Rich Asians), and some nameless secret ingredient all Ram Murali's own. Evocative, provocative, and very, very fun." — A.J. Finn

“Twisty and absorbing, Death in the Air is a knockout mystery with a dry, dark humor all its own. It has endless glamor in the old sense of the word: as a sinister enchantment, casting a spell.” — Flynn Berry, New York Times bestselling author of Under the Harrow and Northern Spy

“Murder most rich. International and humorous at just the right times, Death in the Air will set you soaring, drinking, and guessing all the way to the last page.” — Ridley Pearson

"A romp of a whodunit, poking fun at the über wealthy whilst calmly meditating on both the horror of Partition and identity in a globalized world. I rattled through it. Ro is a very charming lead character indeed!" — Charlotte Vassell, author of The Other Half

"Littered with designer jewellery, accessories and activewear, Death in the Air fizzes with ambition, managing to be both showy and subversive, operating as it does around the axis of Partition . . . . Although it carries many of the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery, what sets Death in the Air apart, leading to its unique conclusion, is its rejection of Western norms of justice and spirituality. The result is a fun, thought-provoking book—a commentary on greed, cultural appropriation and the peculiar malaise of the wealthy—a daring début." — Nii Ayikwei Parkes, author of Azúcar and Tail of the Blue Bird

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063398924
  • ISBN 10: 0063398923
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 06/18/2024
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:25.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Psychological

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