Today is the biggest day in Jamal Maliks life. A penniless, eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, hes one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on Indias Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? But when the show breaks for the night, suddenly, he is arrested on suspicion of cheating. After all, how could an uneducated street kid possibly know so much?
Determined to get to the bottom of Jamals story, the jaded Police Inspector spends the night probing Jamals incredible past, from his riveting tales of the slums where he and his brother, Salim, survived by their wits to his hair-raising encounters with local gangs to his heartbreak over Latika, the unforgettable girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of Jamals increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the shows seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: What is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. . .
About the Author
Vikas Swarup s first novel was made into the Oscar Award winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" and has been translated into over forty languages. Swarup has written for "Time", "Newsweek", the" Guardian", the" Telegraph", and the" Financial Times". An Indian diplomat, he has been posted to Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Japan. He lives in India.