Category: Crime Fiction
Price: Rs 195
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Rupa & Co (July 1, 2013)
About the author: Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of the bestselling novel, Mumbaistan. A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an MBA degree. His films include Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar. He lives in Mumbai.
Story description: A crime thriller set in the by-lanes of Mumbai. One afternoon, a senior police officer is found murdered. When Inspector Virkar arrives at the scene, he finds a cryptic note that spills out of a student’s compass box. Then begins a series of killings and in each, a telltale compass box reveals more clues. Accompanied by TV reporter, Raashi Virkar has to race against time to catch the Compass Box Killer before the bodies pile up. As the investigation shuttles from Mumbai to Khandala to Belgaum, Virkar is taken deep into a labyrinth of backroom deals that lead to shocking revelations about the ruthless killer’s motives.
Review: I like reading fast paced and easy reading stories, this present book belongs to that category. Crime thrillers are exciting to read for me. The very effortless language used by the author made it a quick read. I liked the way Piyush Jha has given thorough clarification of scenes with superb depiction of each personalities of the story. I finished reading it in a single stretch of 3hours. It managed to keep me hooked. It is my first book of Piyush Jha, though I heard about Mumbaistan series but never read. If one has got bored of reading non-Indian author’s crime fiction than one can definitely read Piyush Jha for a change.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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