THE RED SCARF by Jean Bothwell


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Elementary mystery with earnest Indian background. When widower Captain Jassa Ram Sukhraj, new Superintendent of Police, sets out to thwart a gang of thieves led by a woman on camel back, one ""Queen Lila"", he becomes involved not only with the machinations of a camel market king, a priest of the shrine of Ganesh, Bansa Das, (a powerful landowner) but also with the gentle charms of the ""widow"", Samudra Bansa Das, who had enchanted the Captain's little son. The revelation of the thieves' cache and the identity of Lila will not surprise greatly and the extreme anglophilia of the Captain casts doubts upon the soundness of the genre. Plodding but harmless.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1962
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World