A Murder in Gurgaon by Manish Dubey is a crime thriller that deals with elements of mystery, crime, thriller and bucket full of suspense. The novel surely reminds you of Crime Patrol series or CID as the way it is delineated.
The cover and title are intriguing. The cover has a woman whose face is covered and the name of some people are written which we assume as characters. It give us so many mixed vibes. Further, the title is accurate and to the point as it suggests us the name of the case which the police comes across.
The Synopsis goes like this: Gurgaon. December 2014. A young event manager, an ex-cop’s son, is murdered. Inspector Singh vows justice.
There is little to begin with, and frustration mounts when the initial suspect – a reclusive woman with a mysterious past – is found missing. Digging deeper, Singh uncovers a sordid tale of adultery, blackmail and revenge, only to find himself staring at a conspiracy unlike any he has seen.
There are deceits, little and big, to decode; the predator and victim are indistinguishable; his witnesses could be misleading; his closest ally may not be an ally at all. Will Singh succeed? Or has the sick, wily mind behind the crime always been a few steps ahead?
The characters are interesting as they help in the progression of the plot. Singh being the honest and the clever cop whose mind runs faster than anything. The suspects have done their own set of planning. All the characters are round who change according to the situations.The shifting of places keeps the story moving and one can feel travelling along with the characters.
This book comes under crime thriller as we see a lot of drama and crime in the book. It can also be called as a mystery novel as the author has maintained the mystery till the end. Further, the element of stream of consciousness is beautifully used along with strong detective skills.
The story is fast paced. The chapters are crisp and short. The author has used condesed style of writing.The way the bullets are used to analyse the case developments sounds realistic. The environment and descriptions are well maintained. There are certain turn offs. Though the story is narrated but at times we feel the story has turned into a play where the investigation or police scenes takes place. This doesn’t go in novel’s favour. Further, the way the editing errors and typos comes as a hinderance for the reader. Though the pages are 192 but one doesn’t feel becauseof the shortness of the chapters. The quality of the book is perfect and the pages are just fine.
About the Author
Manish Dubey is a policy analyst with time for politics, cricket, sitcoms and PTA work. A Murder in Gurgaon, his first work of fiction, was drafted along side work on water sector reform in Bihar and climate change issues in Kolkata and Surat. He lives in Gurgaon with his wife, two children and mother-in-law.