James Patterson, a master of thrillers and Ashwin Sanghi who loves to combine mythology with mystery came together to write Private India. But does the book live up to its hype? Read on to find my review.
About Private India
In Mumbai seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses. For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again. In a city of over thirteen million, hed have his work cut out at the best of times but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest ganglord and a godman who isn’t all he seems and then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens.
Private India, starts off with a mysterious murder of a Thai doctor who has a yellow scarf tied around her neck. She also has a flower in one hand, a fork in another and a Viking helmet. And so we are off to a great start.
As the plot thickens, one will be introduced to a number of characters with interesting back stories, something which I love about all James Patterson novels.
In Private India, Sanghi adds his mystical touch by tying up the murders with Navratri and Goddess Durga. All of the victims signify an avatar of Durga. Why you may ask? Well, the killer certainly has good reason to do so.
You are also introduced to Santosh Wagh, an ex-RAW agent, who heads Private India and chosen by Jack Morgan, a former CIA agent who heads Private Inc. world wide. Wagh is your regular damaged detective who is racing against time to solve the mystery. Why can’t detectives sometimes be jolly old fellows? Now, that is a mystery that nobody can fathom. J
Wagh spouts trivia and is your regular genius with a broken past. He come across as pitiable rather than inspiring and I did not think much of him. The murderer though turns out to be a complete surprise. His/ her (won’t tell you the gender!) revelations will make turn the pages of the novel to figure out a few hints here and there. I am going to give one little secret away. All the murders are somehow connected to murderer’s life and play an important part making who he/she is today.
How can Mumbai Police not be involved if a serial killer is on loose? And so one meets Rupesh, former friend, current enemy of Wagh; the reason is of course explained at the end of the book. A self proclaimed godman, a crippled underworld bhai and a lawmaker who loves too many women make up other major characters.
Read Private India for its fast paced story telling, high dose of drama and a surprising yet satisfying end.