Another quiet case--#16--for Bombay's tactful, slightly oily Inspector Ghote. This one, in fact, is murderless and downright claustrophobic, but nicely so, as the Inspector moves into a remote mansion to try to deduce who's been slipping anonymous assassination notes to that old curmudgeon, Judge Asif. Surely this must be connected to the judge's notorious, excessively pro-British sentencing of the Madurai Conspirators 30 years ago. But there are only four suspects capable of delivering and typing the notes, all of them without connections to the Madurai case--the judge's daughter, a live-in ""saint,"" an American rebel priest, and the daughter's unctuous suitor. And, worst of all, the judge wants no part of Ghote's investigating, so the Inspector has a wearying time of it. Some readers will also, but it's worth settling into--for several charming moments (Ghote on a motor scooter, Ghote posing poorly as a philosophy Ph.D.) and for an awfully neat solution.