Fraudster

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Blurb: There are people who will do anything to silence the ones who come in their way, those who will stop at nothing, including murder. A young banker is found dead a day after she deposes before a commission investigating large-scale financial fraud… A doyen of corporate India falls to his death from his south Bombay flat… A high-security server room of a multinational accounting firm is hacked and the hackers aren’t looking for just company secrets… Illicit finance, high-stakes crime and vicious manipulation come together in this story of corruption, greed and treachery among corporate India’s black sheep. Arresting, fast-paced and written by an insider from the corporate world, Fraudster will keep you on your toes till the very end.

About the author: RV Raman has a career spanning three decades and four continents, RV Raman advised several banks, financial institutions and corp orates on various matters. He has now turned to writing fiction set in corporate India, based on his insights and observations. Having moved away from full-time roles, he now teaches business strategy at an IIM, mentors young entrepreneurs, advises select clients and writes. Tired of extensive physical travel around the world, he now prefers less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of his own creation. He lives in Chennai. Fraudster is his first corporate thriller.

Review: Immediately after finishing Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer, I read Fraudster and I could not make out who is a better writer – Ravi Subramanian or R V Raman. Both of them have proved to be one of the most genuine thriller writers (English) India has ever produced. Fraudster is a crime thriller that takes place in the corporate circles, a  large scale financial fraud gets exposed and a commission is set up to look into it. Properties valued at 4 or 5 times higher their actual value and loans have been disbursed with these overvalued assets as collateral. One of the bankers, who gets removed in front of the commission is killed after a supposed accident and is followed by suicide of a highly respected man of Corporate India makes for a fast paced story. The author’s background in finance has helped him in terms of being authentic and in general one does not need to have any in-depth knowledge of financial terms to be able to follow the plot. It makes for a very absorbing reading, and certainly not disappointing. For me Fraudster turned out to be insight into the voracity, the deceit lurking inside the hallways of Corporate India, highlighting bribery. The plot is tight and realistic. The author has done a praiseworthy job in the characterization of Kamini, the sharp Inspector Ranade, Ashok, mystifying Kunal and courageous Varsha. One can easily relate to each one of them. The scenes, the circumstances are well drawn. One can envisage them as the story steps forward. The book did not give me a feel of being a debut of R V Raman as I could understand the author knows what he is writing about. He knows how to use the characters strengths and weakness in a proper way. He has successfully simplified the story/terms/words in a trouble-free way so that the reader can understand the story effortlessly. A very realistic and appealing mystery that is a must read for all mystery lovers.

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