Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor
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Overview: Philip Meadows Taylor’s Confessions of a Thug (1839) is the most influential novel about India before Kipling’s Kim and was one of the best-selling crime novels of the nineteenth century.
In the course of a confession to a white ‘sahib’ the imprisoned Ameer Ali recounts his life as a devoted follower of Thuggee, a secret religious cult practising ritual mass murder and robbery. Taylor uncovered evidence of the crimes committed by bands of Thugs as a Superintendent of Police in India during the 1820s. Introducing a new standard of ethnographic realism to western fiction about India, Confessions of a Thug is a strikingly vivid, chilling and immensely readable thriller.
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Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Crime > India