This book, contrary to what the title suggests, is not a crime thriller. It is, instead, a bit of obscure 19th century English social history in which an Indian, who was also a Parsi—and vicar to boot—faced what might have been deep racial discrimination. His name was George Edalji.
He was accused of mutilating a horse and threatening to kill a policeman. The natives were outraged, had him arrested, tried and convicted him. The court sentenced him to prison for a few years. The evidence against him was thin but what seems to have decided the case against him were some letters he wrote that indicated a disposition to hurt animals.
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