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The terror that sweeps into present-day Boston began ages ago in a cave in India. There, the cult of Thuggee was born, mingling primal sexuality, worship of the goddess Kali, and ritual murder. Out of these elements, Leo Giroux has masterfully woven a bestseller to rival The Ninja in excitement.
The Rishi is a novel rich in sensuous lore that brilliantly creates a dark world of religious exoticism and atavistic terror.
The revival of the cult of Thuggee in India is marked by the reappearance of the rumble-the silk scarf folded and knotted into a silent weapon. Soon it is clear that the cult has come to America, where Santha Wrench, a beautiful half-Indian woman, is the link between the violent past and the present. Santha is pursued by an evil so strong that nothin can stop it except her participation in its most vile rites.
The three people who try to protect her are George Buchan, the Boston psychiatrist who is her lover; Stephen Wrench, the expert in Asian affairs whose love of India culminated in his marriage to Santha's mother; and Rama Shastri, the political refugee from Indira Gandhi's wrath who is Stephen Wrench's best friend. Together, they confront a vortex of malignant passions that reveals as much about their inner selves as it threatens their very existence.
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