This book is for all those who love Kim, that
masterpiece of Indian life in which Kipling
immortalized the Great Game. Fascinated since
childhood by this strange tale of an orphan boy's
recruitment into that Indian secret service, Peter Hopkirk here retraces Kim's footsteps across Kipling's India to see how much of it remains. To attempt this with a fictional hero would normally be pointless. But Kim is different. For much of this Great Game classic was inspired by actual people and places, thus blurring the line between the real and the imaginary. Less a travel book than a literary detective story, this is the intriguing story of Peter Hopkirk's quest for Kim-and a host of other shadowy figures.