Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review - Private India : James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi


Details of the book:
Title: Private India
Authors: James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
Publisher: Random House India
Year: 2014
Price: Rs.350
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-0-099-58639-5

Ashwin Sanghi: born 25 January 1969, is an Indian writer in the thriller fiction genre. He is the author of three best-selling novels: The Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key.

James Patterson: born March 22, 1947, is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series.

Private India: The book is a 8th book part of “Private” series and (Jack Morgan book4) by James Patterson which he co-authored with Ashwin Sanghi.

The plot of “Private India” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi has so many characters revolving around the main character in the story- Santosh Wagh, who is heading the leading private detective agency of the country known as Private India.  Private India is a part of global detective agency “Private” which is headed by Jack Morgan and the Indian part of this agency is handled by the team headed by Santosh Wagh.

The story in it has a lot to keep the readers engaged and rather entangled along the drive towards turning the pages of the book as one proceeds with a number of sequences till the end. The story begins with the murder of a Thai woman doctor who is in Mumbai for her personal touring visit. She is found dead in the hotel room with number of strange articles around her dead body.

There is a sequence of murders that follow the Thai lady, each time being a woman. There is a lot of mythological aspects being brought into the work piece throughout, addressing the issues that largely depict the various psychological aspects of the murderer. Private India is largely a bouquet of mysteries trying its best to surprise the readers at several points in the story.

Gangsters, godmen, celebrities, politicians, beggars, orphans, prostitutes, police, journalists, nomadic tribes, local trains, dilapidated buildings, terror attacks and millions of people- have been tracked throughout the novel. The Indian-ness part of the book has been well sought out. The proceedings of Indian Judicial system and the workings of the police has been depicted quite aptly within the novel. The authors take us on a great ride throughout the lanes of Mumbai with its several aspects of prostitution, gambling, smuggling, killing, murderers, etc providing it Bollywood tone to the plot.

The best line from the novel :  Life has no meaning without the presence of death. Life is simply the absence of death. The fools of this world labor to prevent death, unmindful of the fact that it is death that will set them free.

The novel keeps you hooked till the end making you flip pages one after the other, until one grasps the last page of the book. The language is comprehensible and keeps a knack with the reader. Though the novel still keeps you in thought process, there is a little disappointment towards the end, but it is overall a fine read.

Rating: 3.5/5


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