Longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize
In a sprawling Indian city, three friends venture into the most dangerous corners to find their missing classmate…
Anappara creates a drama of childhood that is as wild as it is intimate… an entertaining, wonderful debut ~ Chigozie Obioma, Booker-prize shortlisted author of An Orchestra of Minorities
A captivating literary style… A dazzling, wonderful book ~ Elif Shafak, Daily Mail
A moving and confident novel about the preciousness of life ~ Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara
We children are not just stories. We live. Come and see.
Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).
When a boy at school goes missing, Jai decides to use the crime-solving skills he has picked up from episodes of Police Patrol to find him. With Pari and Faiz by his side, Jai ventures into some of the most dangerous parts of the sprawling Indian city; the bazaar at night, and even the railway station at the end of the Purple Line. But kids continue to vanish, and the trio must confront terrified parents, an indifferent police force and soul-snatching djinns in order to uncover the truth.