The Caretaker

A Ranjit Singh Novel

Ranjit Singh (Volume 1)

A. X. Ahmad; Read by Sam Dastor

Macmillan Audio

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A gripping, evocative thriller about a disgraced Sikh Indian Army captain who works as the caretaker for a U.S. Senator’s Martha's Vineyard estate, and becomes ensnared in the Senator's shadowy world

Ranjit Singh, a former Indian Army Captain trying to escape a shameful past, now lives on Martha’s Vineyard, and works as a caretaker for the vacation homes of the rich and powerful. One harsh winter, Ranjit needs a place to stay, and illegally moves his family into an empty, luxurious vacation home belonging to an African-American Senator. Ensconced in the house, he tries to forget his brief affair with Anna, the Senator’s wife, and focuses on providing for his family. But one night, their idyll is shattered when mysterious armed men break into the house, searching for an antique porcelain doll. Forced to flee, Ranjit is 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 he battles to save his family, Ranjit’s painful past resurfaces, and he 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, A. X. Ahmad's 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.

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Chapter One
 
 
The Senator’s wife is late. Very late.
Ranjit Singh stands beside his battered Ford truck and squints down the long, empty line of Beach Road. There is no sign of Anna Neals’s silver Mercedes. Only seagulls coast through the evening sky, their shrieks drowned out by the waves crashing across the road.
He turns and looks at the gray-shingled liquor store behind him, wondering how much longer it will be open. It is mid-December, and shops close early during the off-season on Martha’s Vineyard.

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“How good does The Caretaker sound as an audiobook? Forget multitasking while you listen to this gripping narration of The Caretaker and follow the story of disgraced Sikh Indian Army Captain Ranjit Singh...narrator Sam Dastor’s voice holds our attention and makes us stop what we are doing to listen. The pace and cadence of the audio version create just the right mood for this story. Dastor’s versatile voice repertoire adds richness to Ahmad’s characters and brings them off the page and into our living room, car, studio…from wherever we are listening.” – New York Journal of Books

 

“Sam Dastor provides this compelling audio edition with dramatic, crisp narration. He capably switches between a variety of appropriate and distinctive accents – primarily Indian (the protagonist, his family, his associates) and the American (the growly senator; his friendly, soft-spoken wife; the gruff pursuers). Dastor’s careful, intelligent rendering enhances Ahmad’s novel and makes for great listening.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Sam Dastor, as the reader, provides convincing accents and personalities for the fairly large cast of characters.” – The Star-Ledger

 

“Sam Dastor is the perfect choice to portray the main character, a Sikh man named Ranjit. Dastor’s interpretation of Indian-accented English is as accurate a subcontinental accent as anyone is likely to hear.” – AudioFile Magazine


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A. X. Ahmad; Read by Sam Dastor

A. X. AHMAD was raised in India, where he grew up reading thrillers. He was educated at Vassar College and M.I.T., and worked internationally as an architect before taking up writing full time. His short stories and essays have been published in The Missouri Review, The Harvard Review, The New England Review, Narrative Magazine and The Good Men Project. He's been a finalist for Glimmertrain's Short Story Award, and been listed in Best American Essays.

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The Caretaker
A Ranjit Singh Novel
A. X. Ahmad; Read by Sam Dastor

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
May 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427231000
ISBN10: 1427231001
Audio Run Time: 11:00
$39.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
May 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427231017
ISBN10: 142723101X
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250016843
ISBN10: 1250016843
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250020406
ISBN10: 1250020409
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$14.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
May 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250016836
ISBN10: 1250016835
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$9.99
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