Cover image for The mountain shadow / Gregory David Roberts.
The mountain shadow / Gregory David Roberts.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press : distributed by Publishers Group West, [2015]
Physical Description:
873 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
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Maps on endpages.

Shantaram ;

v. 2
The sequel to Shantaram continues Australian fugitive Lin's search for love and faith in a Bombay that has come under the rule of a new generation of mafia dons and where Lin becomes trapped by his married soulmate and an increasingly violent mission.
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Shantaram introduced millions of readers to a cast of unforgettable characters through Lin, an Australian fugitive, working as a passport forger for a branch of the Bombay mafia. In The Mountain Shadow , the long awaited sequel, Lin must find his way in a Bombay run by a different generation of mafia dons, playing by a different set of rules.

It has been two years since the events in Shantaram , and since Lin lost two people he had come to love: his father figure, Khaderbhai, and his soul mate, Karla, married to a handsome Indian media tycoon. Lin returns from a smuggling trip to a city that seems to have changed too much, too soon. Many of his old friends are long gone, the new mafia leadership has become entangled in increasingly violent and dangerous intrigues, and a fabled holy man challenges everything that Lin thought he'd learned about love and life. But Lin can't leave the Island City: Karla, and a fatal promise, won't let him go.

Author Notes

Gregory David Roberts is the author of The Mountain Show which made the Australian Best Seller List 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set mostly in modern Bombay, Roberts's sequel to Shantaram defies easy categorization, one of its many charms. The dashing hero Lin (short for Lindsay), an Australian fugitive, is worldly, two-fisted, rides a motorcycle, has a social conscience, quotes great writers and, as the book opens, struggles bravely to get over his lost love, Karla, who's now married to wealthy power broker Ranjit. Lin's working to forget Karla via a new girlfriend, Lisa, with bittersweet results. Lin works as a passport forger for the local crime syndicate. He narrates his interactions with many larger-than-life street types in an energetic and often salty first person. Roberts's cast of characters, while colorful, is also dauntingly large, and there's a sense of entering the story in the middle. A reader unfamiliar with the earlier novel will need some time to get grounded. To counterbalance, Roberts keeps the action moving and the narrative engaging. The sprawling and episodic plot involves minor scrapes with crime kingpins as well as local tensions between Iranian and Afghan emigres in the city. Sensing Lin's obsession with Karla, it is Lisa who engineers a reunion of the two ex-lovers. Violence ultimately shatters the love triangle, which is the strongest aspect of this strong novel. This series of robust, retro capers with contemporary trappings will have readers feverishly turning the pages. Agent: Joe Regal, Regal Hoffmann and Associates. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

As flamboyant as is the life of this novel's hero, the author's experience has been even more so. Sentenced to 19 years in prison in Australia for armed robbery in 1978, Roberts escaped in broad daylight two years later and hid in India for a decade. Six more years in prison followed, during which he wrote Shantaram (2003). It was an instant best seller; the film rights were sold for $2 million. In this second installment of Aussie criminal-on-the-run Lin's action-packed life, he's in Bombay, forging documents for a new Mafia family while mourning the loss of his mentor and his beloved, who married a tycoon. Roberts's plot brims with enough adventure for two novels and dozens of colorful, appealing characters. Bombay is so lovingly depicted as to seem almost a fully fleshed character in its own right. Digressions into Eastern thought-in one case, 14 laborious pages-slow down the narrative but not for long. While the book ends happily, it's not so much a resolution as a tidying up. Verdict This long-anticipated sequel is over the top and messy, but that's part of its charm. The first book was a hit, and this volume will follow suit. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/15.]-David Keymer, Modesto, CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.