Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile Minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party.
They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession. each of them steaming with a secret motive.India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer.
In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching, techni-colour lives of six eccentric personalities unravel before our eyes.
But can we trust Advani? Or does he have another agenda in mind...?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 576 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/02/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780552772518
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Review by achoo_tw
Slumdog Millionaire was a good movie and I thought this book would be interesting. I liked the layout of the content, how the author separated it into suspect, motive, evidence, and confessions. Since there are 6 suspects, there are 6 different motives and evidence and so on. But that's about all I liked about the book.I don't mind books that skip from one character to another, it keeps the mind jogging. But here, the 6 characters merged into one. I find them all flat and unreal. The dialogue is superficial and some of the metaphores and descriptions sound trite.What was a bit of a disappointment was that the description of life in India couldn't really bring any pictures into my mind. Some of the plot twists seemed unnecessary and felt like it was only there to increase page length.I skipped pages of this bland writing to get to the end and that wasn't much of a surprise either.I don't recommend it.. I think the author tried too hard too fit too many characters into his book. For a better peek into life in India, I recommend The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, which also happens to be a murder mystery.
Review by timtom
A nice mystery, exotic and fun, written in the author's trademark fresh and inventive style. The main plot is a bit straightforward (the end twist is hardly a surprise) but the intertwining stories of the main characters are what gives this story all its salt.