The Last Taxi Ride by A.X. Ahmad is the second mystery featuring part-time taxi driver and part-time security guard Ranjit Singh, who this time finds himself as a lead suspect in a Bollywood starlet's murder (available June 24, 2014).
As a child, Shabana Shah loved nothing more than movies. She often got in trouble for being at the theatre rather than at home. Now, as an adult, she is the new Bollywood sensation. In spite of a couple recent box office flops, she is still easily recognized by taxi driver and part-time security guard Ranjit Singh when she climbs into his cab. Struck as he is by his native country’s star, Ranjit doesn’t notice she’s left an expensive dress in the backseat until he’s off shift.
Always the good guy, Ranjit heads back to her building, the Dakota, to return her dress. Instead of Shah, however, he runs into an old army buddy, Mohan, a security guard for the Dakota. Mohan informs Ranjit that Shah has left for the Hamptons – but would Ranjit like to see Shabana Shah’s apartment anyway? Normally, Ranjit would never consider this an option…but Shabana Shah was lovely in person. Together Ranjit and Mohan explore Shah’s apartment. Mohan says he may even spend the night. This is too much for Ranjit, who leaves Mohan to his own devices.
He doesn’t expect to hear anything else.