How many people want to kill General Zia the dictator of Pakistan? Well a lot, but mainly Ali, a pilot in the Pakistani Air Force. Ali’s father is dead and all fingers point to General Zia being the reason. Zia will die in a plane crash, but which assassin finally gets him? Ali gathers together a crew of conspirators including a cologne-soaked roommate, a hash smoking American, a laundryman and even a mango obsessed crow in hopes of killing Zia. In A Case of Exploding Mangoes, Mohammed Hanif uses his real-life experiences from seven years in the Pakistani Air Force to critique military and intelligence infrastructure in this darkly comedic debut novel.