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About Bombay Monsoon

The last thing Danny wants to see published is his obituary

The year is 1975. Danny Jacobs is an ambitious, young American journalist who’s just arrived in Bombay for a new assignment. He’s soon caught up in the chaos of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s domestic “Emergency.”

Willy Smets is Danny’s enigmatic expat neighbor. He’s a charming man, but with suspicious connections. As a monsoon drenches Bombay, Danny falls hard for Sushmita, Smets’s beguiling and clever lover—and the infatuation is mutual."

The Emergency," a virtual coup by the prime minister, is only the first twist in the high-stakes drama of Danny’s new life in India. The assassination of a police officer by a Marxist extremist, as well as Danny’s obsession with the inscrutable Sushmita, conspire to put his career—and life—in jeopardy. And, of course, the temptations of Willy Smets’s seductive personality sit squarely at the heart of the matter.

Democracy is fragile and the lines of loyalty and betrayal often cross and cannot be untangled.

Perfect for fans of Ken Follett and Steve Berry


"[Bombay Monsoon is] intense, atmospheric and intelligent—a superior and rewarding thriller that I'm glad I read." —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author

"A stunning novel! Bombay Monsoon, captivating from the very first pages, draws us into an exotic world of intrigue and passion, offering up a whipsawing plot and a truly memorable cast. There’s more than a little Graham Greene here, along with a dash of le Carré, though this story is pure Ziskin, told in his unique and resonant voice." —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times best-selling author

"[Bombay Monsoon is] a terrific, dense, exciting thriller from James W. Ziskin, with a vibe pitched somewhere between Graham Greene's The Quiet American and Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance. I loved it." —Adrian McKinty, New York Times best-selling author

"With vivid detail and spot-on historical accuracy, Bombay Monsoon brings to life the India of the mid-1970s—while at the same time spinning a mysterious, sometimes dark, and always compelling story of courage, love, and betrayal. Danny Jacobs is flawed, complex and, like all great journalists, dedicated to learning the truth no matter what the cost. Written in Ziskin’s elegant, sparkling style, Bombay Monsoon is a triumph." —Robert Rotstein, New York Times best-selling author

“Written with a deep affection for and knowledge of India, its people, its past, its politics, and its culture, Ziskin’s latest continuously shocks and excites while also transporting readers to a very specific time and place. The author thoughtfully examines issues of race, color, and class without distracting from the intricate, bombshell-laden plot. This one’s a wild ride from cover to cover.” —Mystery Scene Magazine

"Ziskin uses the atmosphere of monsoon season and period details to create a lush, vividly imagined world, while the political situation creates palpable tension throughout. Fans of classic political thrillers will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

* "[In No Stone Unturned,] Ziskin’s . . . smart and aggressive protagonist has real personality. The author’s touch for academic politics coupled with his clear observations of the early years of the 1960s is superb. Don’t miss this series." —Library Journal (Starred Review)