Who killed twenty four year old priscilla hart? and why would anyone want to murder this idealistic american student who had come to india to volunteer in a women's health programme? was she the innocent victim of a riot between hindus and muslims? shashi tharoor experiments brilliantly with narrative form, chronicling the mystery of priscilla hart's death through the often contradictory accounts of a dozen or more characters.
Intellectually provocative and emotionally charged, riot is a novel about the ownership of history, about love, hate, cultural commission, religious fanaticism and the impossibility of knowing the truth.