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A Case of Exploding Mangoes (2008) by Mohammed Hanif
"Intrigue and subterfuge combine with bad luck and good in this darkly
comic debut about love, betrayal, tyranny, family, and a conspiracy
trying its damnedest to happen. Ali Shigri, Pakistan Air Force
pilot and Silent Drill Commander of the Fury Squadron, is on a mission
to avenge his father's suspicious death, which the government calls a
suicide.Ali's target is none other than General Zia ul-Haq, dictator of
Pakistani. Enlisting a rag-tag group of conspirators, including his
cologne-bathed roommate, a hash-smoking American lieutenant, and a
mango-besotted crow, Ali sets his elaborate plan in motion. There's only
one problem: the line of would-be Zia assassins is longer than he could
have possibly known."