The Caretaker

The Caretaker

Large Print - 2013
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Back in India, Ranjit Singh commanded an elite army squad before his career ended in dishonor. Now he is a caretaker of exclusive vacation homes on Martha's Vineyard. One harsh winter, he secretly moves his family into the house of one of his clients, an African-American senator. When mysterious men break into the house, Ranjit is forced to enter a shadowy world. And his only ally is Anna, the senator's beautiful wife, who has secrets of her own.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410464224
1410464229
Characteristics: 529 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
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.

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stephaniedchase
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.

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fjvalentin
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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