Bollywood Storm


At the Age of Thirty-three Elanna Forsythe George became....
A Desi

A Novel in Two Books
by N. K. Johel

The Call

Elanna Forsythe George

is a Boston-born, New York forensic scientist who takes on cold cases. Stone cold dead cases. She solves murders in unusual ways, with her accidentally-acquired paranormal abilities. Her cases usually come to her a few years after high-powered mainstream investigations, police and legal proceedings have all failed, and there’s a dead end. But she doesn’t take every case. . . .

Book I, New York.

Elanna is hired by the Bollywood starlet, Simryn Gill, to reopen the case of Rajesh Sharma, a Bollywood director who died, supposedly of a heart attack, two years previous. Although it appears to be a simple heart attack, there is no drama, no gossip, no controversy in the Bollywood media. Somewhere in that odd, conspicuous silence, Elanna smells a big rat .

Book II, Mumbai.

Elanna’s powerful and unpredictable abilities lead to an encounter with a wild and reckless persona named Christine, who works the Bollywood scene trying to get them inside the Bollywood mob. But Christine’s mission fails, and, soon after, Elanna endures a vision of the fearsome Goddess Kaali Ma. She finds herself transformed into a beautiful, pure talent; a dancer named Rakhi. Now, the two headstrong women must work together to infiltrate the Bollywood cartel, expose those behind the serpentine Bhujangen cult that controls the filmi-industry, and finally uncover the dark forces behind the deaths of Rajesh Sharma, and more than half of his illegitimate children.

Bollywood Storm

is a lyrical, mystical, murder mystery set in Bollywood-style. Along the way, it’s a meditation on Eastern and Western cultures, self, identity, privilege and loss, ego and intimacy – and it’s got five song and dance numbers in it, too.

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Praise for Bollywood Storm

It’s a book about mysticism, possessing vast imagination and delivered up with an incredible amount of skill.

Sheri-D Wilson

​Spoken Word, Poet, Educator / WINNER, The USA Heavyweight title for poetry (2003); ffwd Readers’ Choice award — Best Poet (2007 - 2012); CBC Arts Top Ten Poets in Canada (2009)

Her words yield a world around the reader, a story so detailed it reminded me of Victor Hugo, one of my favorite authors. A fresh take on the supernatural crime genre, N K Johel not only introduces Bollywood to new readers, she does it with flare!

Mani Amar

The late ​​Artist, Activist, Writer, Filmmaker / WINNER, The New York Sikh International Film Festival Award, Best Documentary

. . . a rich, spicy masala of action, suspense, noir crime thriller, music, song, dance, comedy and romance, the paranormal and various religious and spiritual traditions, all painted in a full, multicultural palette.

Jim Bratone

​Artist, Designer, Filmmaker, living in Arlington, Texas / Read his Review on Google Books

A wonderful novel about a forensic detective. Book I begins when our heroine comes into her abilities and is hired to solve the murder of a successful Bollywood director. Book II picks up the thread of the mystery in Mumbai with a twist that will blow your mind.

Sue Nelson Reilly

Author / former Managing Editor, Paperbox Books

Bollywood Storm: Mumbai is nothing less than amazing. I enjoyed how different the two books were, and I especially liked the switching of perspectives.

Sabrina Craik Wadden

Mother, Avid Reader

Elanna Forsythe George breaks the mold of the rational, dispassionate detective calmly adding up the clues ... this is, as far as I know, like no other mystery-story detective ... Johel's writing style is engaging. The book flows well ... [it’s] enjoyable to read. This book is interesting and fun.

Joseph Hinman

​Author, Scholar, Film Critic, Theologian

. . . an amazing story all the way through. The characters had depth, you could really know them and what they are experiencing. Thanks for a great pair of books.

Nikki Austin

Mother, Avid Reader