The Caretaker

The Caretaker

Book - 2013
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"Ranjit Singh, a former Indian Army Captain trying to escape a shameful past, lives with his family among the migrant workers of Martha's Vineyard, working as a caretaker of the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. Needing a place to stay, Ranjit moves his family into an empty Senator's home. Happily, but illegally ensconced in the house, he tries to forget his brief affair with Anna, the wife of an African-American senator, and focus on providing for his family. But one night, their idyll is shattered when mysterious armed men break into the house, looking for an antique porcelain doll. Forced to flee, Ranjit is pursued and hunted by unknown forces, and becomes drawn into the Senator's shadowy world. To save his family and solve the mystery of the doll, he must join forces with Anna, who has her own dark secrets. As the past and present collide, Ranjit must finally confront the hidden event that destroyed his Army career and forced him to leave India. Tightly plotted, action-packed, smart and surprisingly moving, The Caretaker takes us from the desperate world of migrant workers to the elite African-American community of Martha's Vineyard, and a secret high-altitude war between India and Pakistan. "--

McMillan Palgrave

Who is the caretaker hiding in the shadows of the Martha's Vineyard mansions he tends?

Back in India, Ranjit Singh commanded an elite army squad. But that was years ago, before his Army career ended in dishonor, shattering his reputation. Driven from his homeland, he is now a caretaker on the exclusive resort island of Martha's Vineyard, looking after the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, faced with no other choice, he secretly moves his family into the house of one of his clients, an African-American Senator. Here, his wife and daughter are happy, and he feels safe for the first time in ages. But Ranjit's idyll is shattered when mysterious men break into the house. Pursued and hunted, Ranjit is forced to enter the Senator's shadowy world, and his only ally is Anna, the Senator's beautiful wife, who has secrets of her own. Together, they uncover a trail of deception that leads from the calm shores of the Vineyard to countries half a world away. And when his investigation stirs up long forgotten events, the caretaker must finally face the one careless decision that ruined his life- and forced him to leave India.

A gripping tale of hidden histories, political intrigue and dangerous attractions, A. X. Ahmad's The Caretaker introduces a new hero for our times: an immigrant caught between two worlds and a man caught between two loves.



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A debut novel by an award-nominated international writer follows the efforts of disgraced Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh, who struggles to forget an illicit affair and illegally moves into a politician's empty house that is broken into by mysterious armed men who are searching for an antique porcelain doll, a crime that draws Ranjit into the homeowner's shadowy world.
Disgraced Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh illegally moves into a politician's empty house that is broken into by mysterious armed men who are searching for an antique porcelain doll, a crime that draws Ranjit into the homeowner's shadowy world.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781250016843
Branch Call Number: FIC AHM
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,25 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 09, 2015

Very complex political thriller, about corruption in high places, in several countries. Characters I was left wanting to know more about, so it's good to know this is the first of a trilogy. Yet it stands on its own too. The flashbacks work well. A book about unintended consequences of well-meant actions.

robhoma Aug 23, 2014

The Caretaker takes the reader to Boston, Martha's Vineyard, and eventually to India.

In an interview on the internet, the author said that the inspiration for this novel had three different sources:
1) His wife's family has a home on Martha's Vineyard, and a family friend was a caretaker during the winter.
2) The seasonal summer workers are Eastern Europeans, Brazilians, and Jamaicans – but the town is quintessentially New England.
3) The main character of the novel was inspired by a store clerk in Cambridge. The man was Sikh, wearing a sticker of an American flag on his turban, and terrified after 9/11.

This was the first novel of a three part series.

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stephaniedchase
Jan 13, 2014

Solid debut in what I hope will be a series. I particularly appreciated the lead character was an immigrant with a very accomplished and varied background, which led plausibility to the actions throughout the novel.

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fjvalentin
Oct 04, 2013

Suspenseful novel about a disgraced Indian military officer who comes to the United States with his wife and daughter to start a new life. Through a series of events he becomes involved with a Senator, the Senator's wife and some nefarious characters involved in a global scheme. I found the first two thirds of the book enjoyable, but from there on the scrapes the protagonist survives begin to stretch credulity.

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