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Roy, Kiriti. Kiriti Roy was created by the Indian author Nihar Ranjan Gupta and appeared in over eighty stories and novels from 1940 through at least the late 1940s, beginning with Kalo Bhromor.

Kiriti Roy is a Bellem. He is an Indian private detective. He is cynical, wise-cracking, hard-boiled, and two-fisted, and is in many respects similar to Philip Marlowe. But Kiriti Roy works the mean streets of Calcutta, and his enemies are much more colorful than Marlowe’s. Roy fights various Femmes Fatale, both Indian and of the White Peril variety. Roy fights (repeatedly) his archenemy, the Lupin master of disguise Kaalo Bhromor. And Roy fights the Mad Scientist Yellow Peril Doctor Wong, who intends to wipe out the white races of the West with a virus and establish in their place an all-Asian utopia.

* I'm including the Kiriti Roy stories and novels in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because they are well-written. For a decade the Kiriti Roy stories and novels gave Indian readers something new: a hardboiled detective. Nihar Ranjan Gupta wisely didn't stop there but went further in giving Roy both classic Indian mystery villains (the femmes fatale) and modern (for the 1940s) enemies like Doctor Wong and Kaalo Bhromor. Gupta went still farther and added political elements like Indian independence and Dr. Wong's anti-white schemes. Gupta in essence made the Roy stories both hardboiled and fantastic, Western and Indian, traditional and modern, and the end result was a set of detective stories and novels that have stood the test of time. 

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