Last Man in Tower


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Twenty-first century Mumbai is a city of new money and soaring real estate, and property kingpin Dharmen Shah has grand plans for its future. His offer to buy and tear down a weathered tower block, making way for luxury apartments, will make each of its residents rich - if all agree to sell. But not everyone wants to leave; many of the residents have lived there for lifetime, many of them are no longer young.

As tensions rise among the once civil neighbors, one by one those who oppose the offer give in to the pressure of the majority, until only one man stands in the way of Shah’s luxury high-rise: Masterji, a retired school teacher, once the most respected man in the building. Shah is a dangerous man to refuse, but as the demolition deadline looms, Masterji’s neighbors – friends who have become enemies, acquaintances turned conspirators – may stop at nothing to score their payday.

"Funny, provocative and decadent: a novel so richly insightful about business and character that it's hard to know where to begin singing its praises." - Washington Post

Published: 2011
Pages: 421
Format: Paperback