Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
SHANTARAM by Gregory David Roberts is a gem. Don't let the length (933 pages) put you off this epic thriller about a heroin addicted, armed robber who escapes from a maximum security prison in Australia and hides out in Bombay, India. Almost every page is fascinating. Our hero spends time in Bombay's worst slum, joins the Bombay Mafia, serves time in a horrible Indian jail, fights with the Mujahadeen against the Russians in Afghanistan and learns about Bollywood, the Indian film industry among other things. I was sorry when SHANTARAM ended and was glad it was so long because I had more time with it.