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Djinn Patrol by Deepa Anappara

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Deepa Anappara

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Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 30 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9781784743086

'Djinns aren't real, but if they were, they would only steal children because we have the most delicious souls'Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality cop shows, thinks he's smarter than his friend Pari (even though she always gets top marks) and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job).

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5 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
4 Oct 2019

"An outstanding debut—Vintage's lead for 2020—and not to be missed."

When his classmate goes missing, nine-year-old Jai, who lives with his family in the basti (slum) on the outskirts of an unnamed Indian city, decides to search for him and the fearless Djinn Patrol is formed. Then another child goes missing, and another. Jai is an utterly convincing voice, a lively, cheerful, cheeky boy yet through his eyes Anappara skilfully reveals the harsh reality beneath; the police corruption and stark inequality in a country where 180 children are said to go missing each day. An outstanding debut—Vintage's lead for 2020—and not to be missed.