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Last Man in Tower

Authors: Adiga, Aravind
Series: Vintage International
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC051000, FIC048000
ISBN: 9780307700407, Related ISBNs: 0307594092, 0307700402, 030773983X, 0307940969, 0307940977
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 400,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

From the Booker Prize–winning author of The White Tiger, a stunning novel of greed and murder in contemporary Mumbai. 

At the heart of Adiga's gripping second novel ("his plots don’t unwind, they surge" —USA Today) are two equally compelling men, poised for a showdown.

Real estate developer Dharmen Shah rose from nothing to create an empire and hopes to seal his legacy with a luxury building named the Shanghai. Larger-than-life Shah is a dangerous man to refuse. But he meets his match in retired schoolteacher Masterji. Shah offers a generous buyout to Masterji and his neighbors in a once respectable, now crumbling apartment building on whose site Shah’s high-rise would be built. They can’t believe their good fortune. Except, that is, for Masterji, who refuses to abandon the building he has long called home.

As the demolition deadline looms, desires mount; neighbors become enemies, and acquaintances turn into conspirators who risk losing their humanity to score their payday. Here is a richly told, suspense-fueled story of ordinary people pushed to their limits in a place that knows none: the new India as only Aravind Adiga could explore—and expose—it.

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