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.
Murder in Paharganj is a thriller written by Kulpreet Yadav & published by Bloomsbury India. The author retired voluntarily from the armed forces to pursue a career in writing in 2014. Also a motivational speaker now, he has spoken at more than 100 schools, colleges & global corporate brands during last 3 years. Popular for his Andy Karan series, he lives in New Delhi.
The story revolves around Vicks Menon, a journalist who is out of his job & wants to make a big name for himself. In the process of doing so he reaches at a murder scene first hand even before the police, he finds out the victim to be a female foreign national & finds something to be fishy as he observed multiple high profile investigators visit the scene. His investigation leads him to Udaipur & then to several other cities in order to catch the killer. But will Vicks Menon be able to catch a killer who is clearly one step ahead of him, get a hold on the book to know..
I am always excited to read different authors & hence I was keen to read Kulpreet Yadav’s work as I haven’t been able to check out his previous books. Books under the thriller genre has always intrigued me & made me pick them up in one go, so when I got a chance to review this book I took it immediately. The plot is action packed with lots of different characters helping the story to build up in different directions which shows the vivid imagination & story telling capabilities of the author. Unfortunately in many places the story lacked depth & hence couldn’t reach upto its full capacity. The language is extremely easy for readers to understand & read it at a fast pace which is an important thing when it comes to thrillers, the title is apt too & the cover is lovely. In all, I would surely recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy a quick thriller read.
Thank you Bloomsbury India for the review copy.