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The caretaker

by Ahmad, A. X.,

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Audiovisual Collection CD Ahmad
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Call Number  CD Ahmad
A gripping, evocative thriller of a disgraced Sikh Indian Army captain who becomes ensnared in a U.S. Senator's shadowy world while working as a caretaker on the Senator's estate. A gripping, evocative thriller about a disgraced Sikh Indian Army captain who works as the caretaker for a U.S. Senator's Martha's Vineyard estate, and becomes ensnared in the Senator's shadowy world Ranjit Singh, a former Indian Army Captain trying to escape a shameful past, now lives on Martha's Vineyard, and works as a caretaker for the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, Ranjit needs a place to stay, and illegally moves his family into an empty, luxurious vacation home belonging to an African-American Senator. Ensconced in the house, he tries to forget his brief affair with Anna, the Senator's wife, and focuses on providing for his family.But one night, their idyll is shattered when mysterious armed men break into the house, searching for an antique porcelain doll. Forced to flee, Ranjit is hunted by unknown forces, and becomes drawn into the Senator's shadowy world. To save his family and solve the mystery of the doll, he must join forces with Anna, who has her own dark secrets. As he battles to save his family, Ranjit's painful past resurfaces, and he must finally confront the hidden event that destroyed his Army career- and forced him to leave India. Tightly plotted, action-packed, smart and surprisingly moving, A. X. Ahmad's  The Caretaker takes us from the desperate world of migrant workers to the elite African-American community of Martha's Vineyard, and a secret high-altitude war between India and Pakistan.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This fine thriller debut views disturbing political realism through the lens of Ranjit Singh, a newly immigrated Sikh fleeing danger in India after a politically explosive mistake ends his military career. Ranjit's hope to settle in Martha's Vineyard becomes reality when his landscaping work for a powerful senator's wife grows into an unexpected relationship, opening doors for him to work as winter caretaker for the island's wealthiest residents. When Ranjit's cottage is damaged, the only housing option is a clandestine short-term move onto the senator's property. But this brief flirtation with luxury is abruptly ended one night by armed men who break in and begin searching the house. Ranjit's military training ensures his family's escape, but the intruders track them to Boston and orchestrate his wife and daughter's detention for illegal immigration. Stealthily tracking his pursuers, Ranjit discovers that they are the senator's security personnel, desperately searching for something tucked inside a doll his daughter has taken from the house. Ranjit goes underground to decipher the doll's secret and strategize using it to secure his family's safety. Ahmad laces Ranjit's voice with sadness, creating beauty as he spins a cynically smart political thriller that draws parallels of political expediency between Washington deal-brokering and Ranjit's tragic past. Beyond the masterfully crafted, high-adrenaline story, readers will be fascinated by Ranjit's strong Sikh faith, rarely seen in American fiction.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ahmad's thriller focuses on Ranjit Singh, a disgraced former member of India's army elite now residing on Martha's Vineyard with his wife and young daughter. Singh finds himself spending a particularly cruel winter caring for the lavish summer homes of the island's wealthy part-time residents. But when his own home is invaded by the weather, Singh takes a risk and moves his family into the unoccupied home of a powerful U.S. Senator. But this move coincides with the sudden arrival of mysterious men who began searching the house. The Singhs escape but are hunted, a pursuit that eventually separates Singh from his wife and daughter and finds him fighting for his life and a return to family unity. Sam Dastor provides this compelling audio edition with dramatic, crisp narration. He capably switches between a variety of appropriate and distinctive accents-primarily Indian (the protagonist, his family, his associates) and American (the growly senator; his friendly, soft-spoken wife; the gruff pursuers). Dastor's careful, intelligent rendering enhances Ahmad's novel and makes for great listening. A Minotaur hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Squatters -- Fiction.
East Indians -- United States -- Fiction.
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Political fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Publisher New York :Macmillan Audio,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Care-taker
Contributors Dastor, Sam, narrator.
Macmillan Audio (Firm), publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Sam Dastor.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781427231000
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