The Last Taxi Ride

The Last Taxi Ride

A Ranjit Singh Novel

Book - 2014
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"NYC taxi driver Ranjit Singh 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 nightclubs, and to Jay Patel, a shady businessman who imports human hair. As the search for the true killer reveals layers of Shabana Shah's hidden past, Ranjit does not 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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250016867
Branch Call Number: FICTION AHMAD
Characteristics: 361 p. ; 25 cm


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Aug 30, 2018

I randomly picked up this book and gave it a read.

It was an interesting read, especially given the characters are of various descents. I rather liked Ranjit Singh, who is trying to make things work after what happened 2 years ago (I didn't read the first book but enough information is provided in this book for you to understand what happened then). How often do you read an unintentional "hero" who is a Sikh? He is a good guy, generous to a fault and knows how to connect and lead people on a whole other level, that most leaders lack.

The story alternates between the present (with Ranjit) and the past (Shabana's story of how she came to become a famous Bollywood actress). Things are never what they appear, that is for sure. Everyone is connected in some way. You get a glimpse into different cultures, and a whole different world from our own.

The plot and story line was pretty predictable, I already figured out what really happened part way through the book. Still with Ranjit doggedly pursuing the leads, it made for an interesting read

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.

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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