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Chain of Custody Paperback – 4 Jul 2016
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About the Author
Anita Nair is the author of the novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupe, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris, Alphabet Soup for Lovers. The first Inspector Gowda novel, Cut Like Wound, was published by HarperCollins India in 2013. She is also the author of Goodnight & God Bless, a collection of essays, Malabar Mind, a volume of poetry, and five books for children.
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After your reading, you start looking at the city differently. Will make a nice thriller movie series in the hands of a great director.
Downside - quite dark when she goes in detail about child abuse etc.
All the elements of a page-turning whodunit are there, a lawyer battered to death in a gated community, a missing child or rather, several, pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that seem connect but don't seem to fit together and unexpected twists. But the book is really something more.
Anita Nair documents in chilling detail, a chain of custody' not of an object, but of missing children, that is often a circle, leading the victims back to the monstrous perpetrators. As a reader, you want to look away, but are forced to read on, mesmerized, looking at times through the perpetrators' eyes, at times through the victim's eyes and often through the eyes of the detectives.
It's a book that everyone should read. Maybe something will change then.
Inspector Gowda didn't contribute much into the conclusion of case. Things just started falling into place themselves and every matter got resolved.
One things saving the grace of this literary work was visualistic description of places and events.
"Global warming, he thought. Trees cut in the Amazon basin were leading to climate change, Urmila said. You don’t need to look that far, he thought, propping the pillows against the headboard. Trees being cut all over Bangalore and the buildings that seemed to pop up overnight like mushrooms after a thunderstorm, they caused it too. Climate change. And not just change in weather patterns but human behaviour too. There were over five lakh migrant workers in Bangalore, most of them men. They would do whatever it took to satiate their needs and feel in control instead of languishing as lowly pawns in the fabric of society."
A passage from " The chain of Custody" by Anita Niar is quite eloquent about how our society breeds crime like boils filled with muck but covered from outside. She does quite a good job of showcasing the path of crime that runnels through our social maps. The child and women trafficking racquets to which each of our little weaknesses stand open to be exploited, when we are blissfully unaware thinking that these things happen to others. The murky and exhausting jobs of the police department and the child and women welfare officers are eye openers towards the prejudices that we hold for them. And in the end, a realization about the human psyche that decides what it needs to believe irrespective of any evidence contrary to it, including the police, the criminals and the common man. A worthwhile read !
Child trafficking, prostitution, drugs, corruption... this book brings to life the unseen, dark side of Bangalore.
A few genuine police officers led by Inspector Borei Gowda are committed to fight these crimes and take the reader on a thrilling adventure filled with gore, blood, action and also some laugh out loud moments. A lawyer is murdered in a gated community, a child goes missing. Two seemingly unconnected incidents, yet there are too many chains that connects the two.
Gowda is more composed and determined this time. Ratna the new member in Gowda's team is an interesting addition.
Looking forward to many more adventures from Gowda.
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