The Dalliance of Leopards A Thriller By Stephen Alter
A sweeping international thriller that explores the geopolitical fault lines of South Asia.

Colonel Imtiaz Afridi, India's legendary spymaster, has zeroed in on a new threat emanating from the borderlands over which he keeps watch from his surveillance center in the Himalayan foothills. An elusive warlord—faceless, nameless, and known only by his nom de guerre Guldaar, meaning "leopard" in Urdu—has built an illicit empire throughout the lands that Alexander the Great once conquered, based on extortion, money laundering, corruption, and murder. His reach extends across national boundaries, and with support from elements in the CIA and Pakistan's ISI, he plays tribal factions and sovereign nations off each other and threatens to destabilize the entire, nuclear-armed region.

Seizing on Guldaar's one vulnerability, his ex-lover living with their son under CIA control in the United States, Afridi calls on agent Annapurna "Anna" Tagore to spring her loose and return her to India, where he needs her help to lay a trap. Meanwhile, when an American journalist reporting from Pakistan comes too close to the inner workings of Guldaar's empire, he is kidnapped by the Taliban and traded to the warlord as a hostage. As Afridi closes in, the American will become a critical bargaining chip in Guldaar's ruthless battle for survival.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
TitleThe Dalliance of Leopards
SubtitleA Thriller
AuthorBy Stephen Alter
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintArcade Publishing
Published7 February 2017
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Stephen Alter is the author of sixteen works of fiction and nonfiction, including the first Colonel Afridi mystery, The Rataban Betrayal,, and Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime, winner of the 2015 Kekoo Naoroji Book Award for Himalayan Literature. He is founding director of the Mussoorie Writers’ Mountain Festival and resides with his wife in Mussoorie, India.

“Alter’s vibrant depictions of Pakistan and India serve well to draw the reader into the intrigue.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Rataban Betrayal:

“An engaging international thriller. . . . [Alter] knows how to keep things zipping along and dial up tension.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A triumph. Stephen Alter shows a masterful hand.” —Eliot Pattison, award-winning author of the Inspector Shan series
ISBNs: 9781628726510 978-1-62872-651-0 Title: the dalliance of leopards category:FIC ISBNs: 9781628726534 978-1-62872-653-4 Title: the dalliance of leopards category:FIC 
Back to top