July 8 2014

Anti-Social Network


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.

Blurb:“The book describes the situation when college students across Mumbai are assassinated and slaughtered one after another in ghastly ways, Inspector Virkar from the Crime Branch is called in to take the hold of the situation. While the inspector investigates, he comes across and bumps into a callous bunch of young hooligans, who are techno-savvy wrongdoers and use social networking sites along with the Internet for blackmailing and sextortion. Read this book to solve the mystery of how these two cases linked? Find out who is the mastermind behind these murders?

Review:The story begins with Inspector Virkar getting information about Usman, a teacher-turned-Khabri-turned-extortionist who is out of arrest.  During the investigation of the murder spree, Inspector Virkar comes across facts, tips, about a network and cracks the case by raging the whole anti-social network. I liked the last chapter which exposes the actual mastermind leaving the reader surprised. I like thrillers and this book being crime thriller but just unstoppable for me. One of the best Inspector Virkar series, I can call this.  After a long time I can say I read a book which hardly had any flaws or editorial mistakes. The story has an interesting beginning and ending. A story plot built on sex, social media and technology works almost all the time especially in today’s time. Even the narration of the story is perfect so it doesn’t fall loose anywhere. None of the part is exaggerated or lengthened. So, tediousness never generates while reading the book. I liked usage of local dialect (Marathi) in between the lines.

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


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