The Green Gene
A Crime NovelCWA Gold Dagger winner Peter Dickinson is back: An Indian doctor joins the English underground to fight racial oppression
Dr. P. P. Humayan expects prejudice from the English. Growing up in Bombay, he was raised on stories of the injustices of life in Britain, where racial status is marked on one’s papers and anyone of Celtic descent is born with green skin and forced to live in walled-off ghettos. But when he travels to London to announce that he has solved the genetic mystery of why the Celts are born green, he is shocked by the system’s brutality. Only one English girl is kind to him—and she will soon find herself in mortal peril.
When his host family is murdered, Humayan slips underground, joining a small band of rebels who would do anything to see racial equality restored to England. There are powerful men working to maintain the sinister status quo, and bringing them down will be the toughest problem this mathematician has ever faced.
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“There are few more ingenious writers of crime fiction than Peter Dickinson.” —London Evening Standard
“Peter Dickinson is a national treasure.” —The Independent
“The works of British mystery writer Peter Dickinson are like caviar—an acquired taste that can easily lead to addiction.” —Time
“A whopper . . . Fancy flies wild and the reading is hilarious.” —Vogue
“A wonderful political whimsy.” —The Oregonian
“One of our truly inventive writers teases the imagination and intellect simultaneously.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Clever, funny, adult.” —Newsday
“This man has an unfailing gift for the bizarre.” —Louis Untermeyer
About the author
Peter Dickinson was born in Africa but raised and educated in England. From 1952 to 1969 he was on the editorial staff of Punch, and since then has earned his living writing fiction of various kinds for children and adults. His books have been published in several languages throughout the world.
The recipient of many awards, Dickinson has been shortlisted nine times for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for children's literature and was the first author to win it twice. The author of twenty-one crime and mystery novels for adults, Dickinson was also the first to win the Gold Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for two books running: Skin Deep (1968) and A Pride of Heroes (1969).
A collection of Dickinson's poetry, The Weir, was published in 2007. His latest book, In the Palace of the Khans, was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.
Dickinson has served as chairman of the Society of Authors and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for services to literature.