“How far would you run to escape the Vortex?”
- Author: Kulpreet Yadav
- Book Release date: 10th October, 2017
- Pages: 278
- Genre: Mystery, thriller, fiction
- Publisher: Bloomsbury
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On a cold December morning, a white woman is found murdered in a cheap hotel in Paharganj, New Delhi. Vicks Menon, an out-of-work journalist, is tipped off by the hotel’s receptionist and is the first to arrive at the crime scene, where he discovers a lead. It’s the bus ticket used by the dead woman two days earlier. But Vicks is battling personal trouble. He has no money, an alcohol problem, and a nearly broken relationship with Tonya, his estranged live-in partner, a clinical psychologist who specializes in profiling hardened criminals. Moving in and out of the shadows, Vicks pushes his investigation harder as it takes him from Udaipur to Bangkok. On his side, for resources, he has a nameless intelligence operative, and to read minds, a lover who is beginning to trust him again. But above all, his instinct to stay inches ahead of death will be the key to his survival. If Vicks lives, this is one story that will change his life forever.
Vicks Menon is a recently out of work journalist who freelances investigative stories to meet his ends. He has a drinking problem due to which there is immense tension in his relationship with his girlfriend Tonya. Nothing seems to be working for Vicks and suddenly he gets an opportunity to get a good story when he is informed by his good friend Raju, who is a receptionist in a cheap hotel in Paharganj about the murder of a white woman in his hotel. Being the first one on the crime scene, he gets a lead to investigate the story and find the killer. He starts gathering the clues and follow the killer in hopes of feeding the story to his ex-employer and getting his job as a journalist at the leading news website back.
He tries to track down the killer by travelling to Rajasthan, Thailand, Kolkata and Sikkim. On the way he encounters some very dangerous situations, getting involved with the security, intelligence and dirty politics which many times threatens to put his life in serious danger. The story is not about discovering who the real killer is but rather how that killer is caught and whether Vicks will survive the chase.
In this story of cat and mouse chase between Vicks, police, intelligence agencies and finally the cold-blooded killer, every page have enough twists and turns to keep you hooked to the story. But I did not find any cliffhangers or twists that knocked my socks off and made me question my life. Author does not fail to keep your interest in the story which is a must have ingredient in a thriller/spy novel.
The characters are not complex or multidimensional and nor does the description of emotions or surroundings in very depth. There are enough details to make a cohesive plot and tie the loose ends. Being honest, I am not a very big fan of Indian authors for crime and thriller genre and have been disappointed many a times. But I was pleasantly surprised with an interesting plot and somewhat sensible characters. The language used is very simple and easy to read. Hence making it a smooth read for new readers.
I would highly recommend this one for new readers who are willing to explore crime or spy fiction genre. This can be a great introduction for someone who can later on move on to more complex and multi-dimensional crime stories.
For me personally, I would prefer a book with more complex characters and plot with many more cliffhangers to throw me off. But I can appreciate the simple yet engaging story that Murder in Paharganj is for readers.
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