The Last Taxi Ride

The Last Taxi Ride

A Ranjit Singh Novel

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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New York City taxi driver Ranjit Singh, hero of A.X. Ahmad's heralded debut The Caretaker, has 10 days to prove his innocence...
Bollywood film icon Shabana Shah has been murdered, her body found in the apartment where Ranjit ate dinner mere hours before. Ranjit's fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a statue of the elephant god Ganesh used to grotesquely smash the actress' beautiful face. Caught on film leaving the apartment alone, Ranjit is accused by the NYPD as an accessory to murder.

Ranjit's only credible alibi is Shabana's Indian doorman, but he has vanished. With a Grand Jury arraignment looming in 10 days, and Ranjit's teenage daughter about to arrive from India, he must find the doorman. His search through the underbelly of New York leads to the world of high-end nightclub owners, back-alley Mumbai gangsters and to Jay Patel, a shady businessman who imports human hair. As his investigation for the true killer reveals layers of Shabana Shah's hidden past, Ranjit doesnot know whom to trust. He can rely only on his army training, his taxi-driver knowledge of New York, and his cabbie friends.

With time quickly running out, can Ranjit clear his name before his fare is up? The Last Taxi Ride is the second novel in the Ranjit Singh trilogy.

Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250016867
125001686X
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 12, 2016

Highly atmospheric, but I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the first in the series. Maybe because many of the settings are so sleazy, or the violence against women is even harder to take. Ranjit Singh still misses and loves his daughter, though, and their rituals of keeping in touch through Skype are moving.

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stephaniedchase
Aug 19, 2014

The second in the series featuring Ranjit Singh; this time, having spent the past two years living in NYC, Ranjit is caught up in a Mumbai mob battle on US soil. Part of what makes this series a pleasure to read is the unusual main character: Ranjit is a well-educated former Army captain and a Sikh, and his struggle in the US highlights what many new immigrants face.

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