Compass Box Killer


Compass Box Killer, is my fourth book received from Tales Pensieve to be reviewed.

Category: Crime Fiction

Price: Rs 195

Paperback: 240 pages

Publisher: Rupa & Co (July 1, 2013)

Language: English

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.

Verdict: 4/5

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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  • August 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I have written a book “The Redeemers” which has just been launched and it is in the process of finding its way to on-line purchase sites and book stores. The book is about prevailing corruption and malpractices and how a bunch of youngsters understood the gravity of problem and figured out a unique and meticulous plan to fight the menace through some creative ideas and innovative thinking. While the book is issued-based, I have tried to weave it into a gripping and inspiring story. The book is extremely relevant in present day context. A link for a clip of the book is provided here below which would give the perspective of the book:

    It will be an honor to have the book reviewed on your blog. I would appreciate your providing the address where I could courier the book. I may be contacted at [email protected]

    Best Regards,

    Suresh Taneja

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