Agent : Euan Thorneycroft
Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in the city of Mumbai, India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual sight he had ever come across and served as the inspiration behind his Baby Ganesh series of light-hearted crime novels. Vaseem was born in London in 1973, went on to gain a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, before spending a decade on the subcontinent helping one of India’s premier hotel groups establish a chain of five-star environmentally friendly ‘ecotels’ around the country. He returned to the UK in 2006 and has since worked at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order. The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, the first book in Vaseem’s Mumbai-set crime series featuring Inspector Chopra and Ganesha, a baby elephant, was published by Hodder in August 2015. The latest in the series, Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, was published in 2018.