Crime and punishment, passion and loyalty, betrayal and redemption
are only a few of the ingredients in Shantaram, a massive,
over-the-top, mostly autobiographical novel. Shantaram is the name
given Mr. Lindsay, or Linbaba, the larger-than-life hero. It means
"man of God's peace," which is what the Indian people know of Lin.
What they do not know is that prior to his arrival in Bombay he
escaped from an Australian prison where he had begun serving a
19-year sentence. He served two years and leaped over the wall. He
was imprisoned for a string of armed robberies peformed to support
his heroin addiction, which started when his marriage fell apart
and he lost custody of his daughter. All of that is enough for
several lifetimes, but for Greg Roberts, that's only the beginning.