It’s been awhile since I read one of the Inspector Ghote books, but I immediately recognized the name H.R.F. Keating in the ‘famous obituaries’ column in this morning’s newspaper. In looking at Mr. Keating’s online obituaries, I’m pleased to see that even without a guide in any of the books as to how the inspector’s name sounds — very pre-Internet with no idea of Google searches — I pronounced it correctly in my mind.
Inspector Ghote is a police officer in Bombay, India. I know the proper name of the city is Mumbai, but in the books, Inspector Ghote lived in Bombay, and since I’ve read these books from a young age (the first book dates from 1964), Bombay is the name in my mind.
- HRF Keating dies at 84, The Telegraph
- H. R. F. Keating, Author of Crime Series, Is Dead at 84, New York Times
- Prolific crime novelist, who created the humble Indian police inspector in Mumbai, dies of heart failure at 84, Indian Express