When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency.
In a city of over thirteen million he has his work cut out at the best of times. But now someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange objects placed carefully at their death scenes.
As Santosh and his team race to find the killer, an even greater danger faces Private India – a danger that could threaten the lives of thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…
~Synopsis from Goodreads
Sometimes you pick up a book against your good judgement because everyone else around you is reading that one and is gushing about it. You want to have a bit of that fun, be a part of that discussion and of course get a scoop of that organic search when everyone who has finished reading starts to Google for other reviews. These are the exact reasons for me to read Private India by the acclaimed author James Patterson which is also his first time collaboration with Indian author Ashwin Sanghi.
Santosh Wagh who is the main character in the story is the chief investigator in the Private India office located at Mumbai. So he is a private investigator, ex-military (RAW actually), has a limp on his leg, screwed up or non-existent personal life due to an accident and is a chronic alcoholic . In short Santosh Wagh is everything that you usually find in a crime fiction or a crime investigation novel. There are other characters like Nisha, Hari, Mubeen and then Jack Morgan who seems to be the central character of the Private series by James Patterson.
A serial killer who leaves mythological relevant objects next to dead bodies, terrorist attack in Mumbai, underworld-police connections, fake God men! Mix these news stories together and create a private investigator and team and you have Private India with you.
How does the Mumbai police allow a private investigative team to do autopsy or even let them come 10 feet near a crime scene in an ongoing investigation?
Private India starts with a lot of promise given the mythological back ground for the crimes but ineffective characters, too many sub-plots, and unbelievable plot twists makes it a very ordinary crime fiction. By the end of the story, the mythology part or the terrorism angle are like fizzled out sodas, neither causes any ripples and the thriller finishes before the reader knows that it is over.
Source: eARC from Netgalley
Pub Date: Aug 6 2014
Publisher: Random House UK
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