Cromartie v. the God Shiva Acting Through the Government of India, by Rumer Godden
You might call this a quirky little novel. It's rather nice and I liked it, but it's pretty odd. It's inspired by an actual event that occurred in 1988, but the details of the novel are not like the event; just the headline was the inspiration.
An exquisite 11th-century nataraja has gone missing; it was replaced by a modern copy. The real thing surfaced in Canada, where the antique dealer Mr. Cromartie insists he bought it fair and square. The government of India is unconvinced, and Cromartie brings a suit to prove his case. Young Matthew Dean, QC, heads off to India to investigate and act on behalf of the Indian government. He meets all these different very nice people who love the Shiva statue but do not want him poking around to find out what happened.
|A nataraja--dancing Shiva|