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By Glen Duncan

Ross Monroe is a boxing railwayman with a weak point for get-rich-quick schemes. Kate Lyle is a headstrong younger girl eager to break out a nightmarish loved ones. As mid-century India sheds its colonial pores and skin and the shadow of violence rises, those younger fanatics locate themselves dealing with their very own "tryst with destiny." In twenty-first-century London, Owen Monroe is penning this tale of his mom and dad' lives for you to keep away from the issues in his personal. yet holding prior and current aside is not effortless, and earlier than lengthy Owen is deep within the one tale he by no means desired to tell....

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The Bloodstone Papers

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He saw her underwater, scissor-kicking for the bottom, eyes squinting, hard thighs slicing the water’s buttery bulk. ’ Ross was already moving away. He glanced back to see the man on the doorstep grin and sketchily salute him. The liquor had worn off. Drunk, he would have read the salute as sarcasm. Drunk, all those ‘sahib’s would have added up to the insolence of deliberate overuse. They won’t want you here when we’re gone. Drunk, he would have slipped with relief into outrage, felt its deep calm hardening in his head and fists.

T H E B L O O D S TO N E PA P E R S 57 ‘Please react in the manner of somone barely interested,’ the Englishman said. ’, though he’d heard perfectly. ’ the Englishman said in Hindi, holding out the unwrapped handkerchief, in which were four small, slender gold bars. Ross stared, said nothing. Felt the tip of the Englishman’s shoe touching his own, once, twice. ‘No,’ he said. ’ The Englishman snorted, hurriedly rewrapped the ingots and held them out to Ram. ‘You can keep these,’ he said. ’ Ram, sweatily gripping the fountain pen, narrowed his eyes as if trying to see something remotely distant.

Beatrice smiled and shook her head, as with torturous wisdom. ‘You say that, my son, but always the sword of sorrow pierces the mother’s heart. I know. I know how it is. They all leave. They must. ’ The bloodstone remained unmentioned. Ross’s plan wasn’t a plan but the default for any educated AngloIndian boy: to follow in his father’s footsteps. Railways, Post and Telegraph Office, Civil Service, arenas in which His Majesty’s Government had found employees who were neither British nor Indian indispensible.

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