Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. Police procedures (and therefore, procedurals) vary in different parts of the world. That makes sense, too, as they are impacted by resources, culture, and more. Let’s take a look at the way police procedures work in modern Begalaru/Bangalore today, and turn the spotlight on Anita Nair‘s A Cut-Like Wound, the first of her Inspector Borei Gowda novels.
The novel begins on the first day of Ramzan/Ramadan. A man gets dressed for a night out: a sari, expensive pearl earrings, and makeup that turn him into a woman called Bhuvana. As she walks through one of the bazaars, Bhuvana attracts the attention of a young man, and the interest is definitely mutual. Then, an interloper points out that Bhuvana is not a woman. For that, the interloper pays with his life.
Gowda and his assistant, Sub-Inspector Santosh, are assigned the…
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