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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Language:English
  • Pages:300
  • eBook ISBN:9781483548005

Temple of Hope

A Sophie Kramer Mystery

by Narendra Simone

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In New Delhi, mysterious disappearance of the US ambassador to India coincides with the kidnapping of a little American girl. Are the two incidences related? No immediate clues are uncovered as to the motive in either case. After a couple of days the ambassador returns unharmed but remains tightlipped about his disappearance. He raises hell for the FBI to find the missing girl. The FBI Specialist, Sophie Kramer discovers a frightening clue in the disappearance of the little girl. What she discovers threatens to shake the very foundation of Indian law enforcement system and expose corrupt senior Indian politicians. Would she survive the web weaved by both the criminal underworld and the law enforcement system and find the missing girl?
Against the wishes of his parents, Ashok leaves India to go to the Sates to study at the Stanford University. He excels at his master’s program and also becomes successful in developing an innovative technology. University appoints an intellectual property law firm for legal representation where he meets its partner, Jenifer. They fall in love and get married. Ashok returns to India to work as a partner in his father’s firm. His family refuses to accept Jenifer as a member of the family. Tension between Jenifer and Ashok’s parents remain high. Several months go by and Jenifer becomes pregnant. She gives birth to a baby girl, Amy, who is a spitting image of her. Ashok parents refuse to accept her as their grandchild. Ashok and Jenifer begin to drift apart. Jenifer plans to return to States with Amy when she is five years old. Years melt away and on her fifth birthday Amy is kidnapped. The same day the Indian ambassador goes missing. No ransom is made in either case and police finds no clues about Amy’s disappearance. A couple of days later the ambassador returns but Amy has disappeared into thin air. Sophie Kramer, Special FBI Agent, is sent to India to find Amy. Her investigation leads her to Ali Khan, a notorious and ruthless gang leader who happen to be well connected with the senior politicians of the Indian government. Also, he owns and operates a Gandhi Memorial Centre that is supported and funded by influential industrialists and politicians. Sophie is warned by the Chief of Police not to trust the police and work on her own. The ambassador means well but his continuing interference makes Sophie’s job even tougher. A junior police officer feels compelled to help Sophie and started supporting her investigation in a clandestine fashion. This backfires and it spells disaster for both of them. Then an unexpected chain of events put her face to face with an aristocratic family of Rajasthan. With their support Sophie discovers the ugly truth about child prostitution in India that is controlled by the underworld and protected by both the police and politicians. Sophie is now a target and there is an attempt on her life. She barely escapes with her life but her trusted driver wasn’t so lucky. Sophie discovers that it is a matter of days before Amy disappears into the deep and dark world of child prostitution. She is forced to take risks and expose those who are behind Amy’s abduction. But odds are not in her favor. Sophie’s comes up with a plan of attack where plan is to attack. She has no choice but to confront the leaders of the underworld. She knows she is walking into a death trap but there is no other alternative open to her. Will she and Amy perish due to her hastily pit together plan? Will Amy’s family ever get to see Amy again? Will Jenifer and Ashok’s marriage survive the chasm that became even wider when Amy disappeared? Answers to these questions are revealed by what Sophie does next. ‘Temple of Hope’ is a fast-pace, curious investigative crime story and a thriller that exposes the ugly truth about child prostitution and corrupts political system in India. It is the debut novel introducing Sophie Kramer as a Special FBI Agent, who is committed to seek justice for those who are victimized by oppression, unjust society, and unethical system.
About the author
Born in India, educated in England with a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, Narendra is a citizen of Canada and has lived in India, England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the USA. He resides in the USA & Canada. He has traveled to more than eighty countries covering Central & Eastern Europe, Asia, the Far East, the Middle East, South America, North America and Africa. Narendra and the Hindu God, the Lord Krishna has something in common—they were both born in the town of Mathura (India), albeit about a few thousand years apart. He attended schools in India, England and Canada (Narendra, not the Lord Krishna) and studied at the Universities of Agra & IIT Roorkee (both in India), Nottingham (England) and Calgary (Canada). Witnessing six wars (4 in India and 2 in the Middle East) and travelling to over 80 countries has allowed him to gain an in-depth knowledge of various and diverse cultures. Inspired by true events and human rights issues his writing offers insight into cultural differences, age-old traditional values and behaviour dilemma that coexist in the vast diversity and different races of the world. Nomad by nature and apt on taking up challenges he travelled through many countries building his repertoire of dozens of stories. Writing the stories was not enough. These needed to be told. So, he is building a platform from which he can tell his stories to the world. Today he has over 10,000 LinkedIn connections linking him to about 26 million professionals, over 24,000 Facebook Fans, and over 5,000 Twitter Fans. Although richly influenced by his foreign travels, Narendra finds his inspiration from his life experiences and through his novels invites you to join him on a journey of life, adventure, mystery and intrigue.
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