The Stranger Vine
By M.J. Carter
G.P. Putnam's Sons. 2015. Fiction
After a famous and controversial poet disappears in the heart of India, two men are sent to locate him: William Avery, a callow junior officer, and Jeremiah Blake, a disgraced former officer of the East India Company scorned for having gone native. So begins a tale of intrigue and mystery, containing elements of Kipling and Conan Doyle, as the two make their way across subcontinent ruled by the British East India Company that little understands the millions of native peoples under their dominion. This is a real page turner, and a story rich in the historical details of the region, full of beauty and squalor in equal measures. This would make a good summer read selection for anyone who enjoys novels with a good blend of historical fact and fiction.