Bollywood Storm is a lyrical and mystical murder mystery, set in Bollywood-style.
With a dash of Kill Bill thrown in, this novel will not disappoint those readers expecting action; it’s also a meditation on self, identity, ego, intimacy, sensuality, spirituality, privilege and loss; and it’s got five song and dance numbers in it, too.
The mazza of this story unfolds in two Books, spanning two continents
Elanna Forsythe George
is a Boston born, New York forensic scientist who takes on only cold cases, stone cold dead cases. She solves mysteries in unusual ways with her accidentally acquired, para-mystical abilities. Her cases come to her a few years after high-powered mainstream investigations, police and legal proceedings have all failed, and there's a dead end. But she doesn't take every case.
Book I: New York
Elanna is hired by the Bollywood starlet Simryn Gill to reopen the case of Rajesh Sharma, a Bollywood director who died of a supposed heart attack two years previous. Although it appears a simple heart attack, there is no drama, no gossip and no controversy anywhere in the Bollywood media. Somewhere, in that odd, conspicuous silence, Elanna smells a big rat.
Praise for Bollywood Storm:
“It’s a book about mysticism, possessing vast imagination, and delivered up with an incredible amount of skill."
Sheri-d Wilson, Poet & Educator. Winner: The USA Heavyweight Title for Poetry, ffwd Readers’ Choice award, Best Poet (2007-2012), CBC Arts Top Ten Poets in Canada.
Her words yield a world around the reader, a story so detailed it reminded me of Victor Hugo, one of my favorite authors. A fresh take on the supernatural crime genre, N.K.Johel not only introduces Bollywood to new readers, she does it with flare!”
Mani Amar, Director, Producer, Filmmaker, Winner of the New York Sikh International Film Festival Award, Best Documentary.
“[Like a Bollywood] musical, Book I is a rich, spicy masala of action, suspense, noir crime thriller, music, song, dance, comedy and romance, the paranormal and various religious and spiritual traditions, all painted in a full, multicultural palette . . . ”
Jim Bratone, Artist, Filmmaker, Designer, living in Arlington Texas.
Mystery lovers, rejoice! ... ‘Bollywood Storm’ by N. K. Johel brings a dash of intriguing Eastern mysticism to the genre.
Publisher’s Daily Reviews
About the Author
N.K. Johel is a third generation Sikh-Canadian as her grandfather, who was born in the 1860's or so, emigrated to North America during the first decade of the twentieth century. Yet due to many complex historical happenings, she did not begin to learn English until she started primary school. She gravitated to art, music, writing and theatre during her school years in Lake Cowichan. As a young adult, she moved to Nanaimo to study theatre at Vancouver Island University, and then to Vancouver to study painting and fine arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Her interest in literature developed informally. She credits Toni Morrison's Jazz and Michael Ondaatje's Running In The Family as the works that rekindled her interest in writing.