Harper Collins Publishers Inc
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A sharply plotted espionage thriller
Balochistan, 2003: a drama of insurgency and international intrigue unfolds in Pakistan's dust bowl province. At the centre of it is the Mir, a militant Baloch separatist driven as much by the need to seek revenge as he is by his ardour for a free homeland. He leads a life in the shadows, eluding the ISI as he flirts with the CIA and RAW.
In the midst of this intrigue, American soldiers on the Af-Pak border discover a mysterious note written in the ancient Indus Valley script. The CIA tasks Alejo Covas, a deep cover agent living in Quetta, with deciphering its significance. His investigations lead him to the ancient archaeological site of Mehrgarh where he meets Adiva, an American-born Pakistani woman researching Baloch folklore. They are soon caught up in a chain of events that are unleashed by the Mir, who is planning his boldest strike yet - one that could set South Asia ablaze.
As Alejo races to avert a catastrophic war, political expediency intrudes on morality, deception lurks at every step, and love and betrayal go hand-in-hand.
About The Author
Aruna Gill grew up and was educated in Madras, Ooty and Delhi. She now divides her time between the United States and India. This is her first novel.