The Caretaker

The Caretaker

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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. "--
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250016843
Characteristics: 294 pages ;,25 cm


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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.

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.

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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