Series : Other Private Offices
Author: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Pages: 384 Paperback (Indian Subcontinent Edition)
Release : Aug 28th 2014
Genre: Mystery |Thriller
Genre: Mystery |Thriller
In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.
For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world's finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again.
In a city of over thirteen million, he'd have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest gang lord and a godman who isn't all he seems.
And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation - along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens
With this book the Author Ashwin Sanghi has given us the Indian's a much advanced technified detective agency, Private India, an Indian Chapter of world's top-notch detective Agency controlled by Jack Morgan. Private Investigator Santosh Wagh with a troubled past is the head of Private India and his team is rather more fascinating with Hari the one-of-a-kind Techie who has a personality like Hritick Rohshan (with too much bollywood-ness in the book, Hritick's comparison fits perfectly :P ) , Mubeen the medical guy and Nisha - an indispensable irresistible ex-cop turned Private Investigator.
Thumbs up coffee points :
If you have read the rest of the series by James Peterson in the "Other Private Offices" series then you will know the his detective-story manner but I have't read the books so this was an absolutely fresh story for me, the suspense was maintained throughout. The collaboration between the two authors who have a good history of writing this genre delivered a fast-paced page turner. The Part where this book become 'Indian' was written well as well, it was pretty easy to differentiate which author wrote which part and this guessing game help my attention.
High-profile murders are happening in the metropolitan city that stays up all night, the city of dream- Mumbai and the Mumbai police is more than happy to hand over the case to the mentioned agency and they came with their Dr Salunkhe’s-style laboratory and equipment.
The mythological angle that explained why the killer is so set upon the murders and as to nine forms of Gurga is connected to all this was fascinating. The illustrative narration by the killer gave me goosebumps. Each aspect of the story had it's own mysterious angle.
Thumbs down coffee points:
With everything of Mumbai was touched upon from celebrities, politicians, Gangsters, evil guys, good guys, beggars, police, journalists, orphans, nomads, prostitutes, the famous local trains, ramshackle buildings, terror attacks and gazillions of people lead to a complete bollywood-ish novel. Though it can be a likable point too but I wasn't much enthralled by it.
All in all it is one band-on absolutely compelling thriller which will hook you till the last very page, a collaboration India was in high need of. I enjoyed it.
Thanks for the signed copy :)
About the Authors
Ashwin Sanghi—entrepreneur by day, novelist by night—has all the usual qualifications of an Indian businessman. Schooling at the Cathedral & John Connon School, a B.A. (Economics) from St. Xavier’s College, and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Yale School of Management. Besides being a businessman, Ashwin manages a parallel career as writer of fiction. Ashwin’s first novel, ‘The Rozabal Line’ was originally self-published in 2007 under his anagram-pseudonym—Shawn Haigins. The book was subsequently published by Westland in 2008 and 2010 in India under his own name and went on to become a national bestseller. ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ is his second novel in the historical-fiction genre. The book has remained on AC Nielsen’s India Bookscan Top-10 for all of 2011. It won the ‘2010 Crossword-Vodafone Popular Choice Award’ in September 2011. UTV has purchased the movie rights to the book and a film based upon the story is expected soon. Dr. Shashi Tharoor released the novel in Mumbai calling it an “enthralling, delightfully-interesting and gripping read with historical research that is impressive.” The Hindustan Times has called it “a cracker of a page-turner.” Ashwin is currently working on his third novel, as yet untitled, that explores business strategies in ancient India. Ashwin is also working towards a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Bangor University in Wales. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his eight-year old son, Raghuvir