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Razia is a creature of the night and a political player, a well-dressed clubber and a lover of poetry. She may even be hundreds of years old, almost as old as her home - Delhi-the city of tombs, at once majestic and in disarray, testament to its numerous deaths and renewals. Hers is the tale of Delhi itself, of a city trying to bridge the gap between the old and the new.
She is muse and antagonist to DCP Sajan Dayal, whose centuries-old roots lie in bureaucratic service in urban Delhi. He is assisted by a heavyset middle-aged Punjabi named Kapoor-who is a legend in the Delhi police for his connections and pragmatic approach to law enforcement-and an idealistic young officer named Smita Dhingra, who, unlike Kapoor, is from the elite Indian police service. Necropolis follows the three officers as they find their pursuit of a serial collector of fingers spiralling into encounters with would-be vampires and werewolves, rampant sexual violence, the political pressures that attend every aspect of life in a capital city and at every turn, Razia.
Necropolis weaves poetry, brothels, ministers and migrants into a heady, twisted and darkly entertaining tale. It peels back the layers from a city that is simultaneously in thrall to its past, hostage to its present and bitterly divided as to its future. This is a nuanced study of the politics of origin and the dilemmas of ownership and class, an investigation into the arrhythmic heart of Delhi.