- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Random House (4 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784756679
- ISBN-13: 978-1784756673
- Package Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Private Delhi Paperback – 4 Jan 2017
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Both authors are known for spinning taut crime thrillers and this instalment doesn't disappoint... a gripping thriller wrought with romance and lust.” - Times of India
“Human remains found in a barrel in an upmarket area of South Delhi and serial killer on the loose, right in the middle of Delhi’s bustling streets… a return of Jack Morgan in an Indian setting along with the dark and brooding protagonist Santosh Wagh.” - Hindustan Times
“Private Delhi is the quintessential murder mystery, with a serial killer doing very cruel things, people in high places being even more awful and an underground racket that goes right to the top.” -The Telegraph
“Dark like a Nordic Noir, Ashwin Sanghi’s second collaboration with James Patterson explores the seamy world of organ trade.” - The Hindu
“Sanghi and Patterson are good at piling on the suspense and keeping the story moving at a fast clip. The pages go by effortlessly.” -Deccan Herald
“The second book by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson in the Private India series is a brisk read… an affirmation perhaps of the fact that pulp fiction is never out of vogue.” -Indian Express
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Crime Writing - Art or Craft? By Ashwin Sanghi
Authors often say that writing is an art. I beg to disagree, particularly when it comes to crime writing. Crime writing is much more of a craft than an art. Just like an artisan who fashions little blocks of wood into dolls, the crime writer must hone his skills to produce that perfect thriller that can keep you the reader on edge.
I like to think of a crime novel as a project in which the author first paints a picture in remarkable detail. Then he takes a pair of scissors and cuts it up into little jigsaw puzzle pieces. Finally, he presents these pieces to the reader through the pages of his book, giving every reader a fair chance to put the puzzle together before him.
The biggest challenge with crime writing is the need to balance surprise and suspense. For example, a president is unexpectedly assassinated during a speech. That’s surprise. On the other hand, the president is delivering a speech while an assassin lurks at the venue. That’s suspense. It has taken me a while to understand that an unfired bullet is far more dangerous than one that has already met its target. Thrills are usually about anticipation more than action.
The best crime writers are not great writers. They are simply very good rewriters. I read my scenes repeatedly from the reader’s point of view. Does a particular scene create intense fear, loathing, anger, amazement or surprise? If not, I need to rework it. I also read aloud to “hear” the dialogues I have written to determine whether they sound real or contrived.
All thrillers - crime or otherwise - are about conflict. One has to find ways of building that until the very end. One has to create situations that are impossible and against all odds. One must keep the plate spinning until the final paragraph and then let it fall to the ground with a deafening crash!
I cannot stress how important research is. We fiction writers are damn good liars. That’s what we do - spin yarns. But if you have to tell a lie then tell that lie as close to the truth as possible. That’s what makes the lie so much more believable. The only way to actually make that happen is through research.
Less is more. Think Zen minimalism. Crime writing should be about the crime. Period. This is not the genre for descriptive prose, which slows down the action. Eliminate fluff and weak dialogue with vengeance. Build larger-than-life characters and amplify their traits. The villain is as important (if not more important) than the hero. The reader only likes the protagonist because the antagonist makes things difficult for him.
Upcoming writers often ask me what makes for a great thriller. My answer is rather simple. The first paragraph of your story gets you your readers. Put a corpse in the first page, preferably in the very first paragraph. The last paragraph of every chapter compels your readers to turn the page. The last paragraph of the book ensures that they look out for your next book!
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When two lascivious lovebirds, looking for a hidden patch on an abandoned garden to get into the act, accidentally fall into a basement structure, they open a hazardous Pandora’s Box. Huge barrels, lining the structure, were dissolving human remains in a nauseating solution and the count was, at first, eleven. The girl shrieks hysterically and runs down the road, drawing the attention of the neighbours and in turn, police, powerful businessmen and stuffed politicos in office. But there is one thread that connects these people and the incident: a sly, anonymous killer in balaclava, obsessed with vital organs.
Both the authors are known for spinning taut crime thrillers and this installment doesn’t disappoint much. Keeping the contemporary and pertinent theme of organ harvesting and medical tourism at centre, the story is weaved in short, succinct chapters, giving the reader the necessary kick to read this in one go. Sanghi brings a distinct flavour of Delhi, infusing his chapters with the aromas of Paranthewali Gali and Red Fort, the whispers on metro trains and trailing cars on a foggy Ring Road.
What was a little unpalatable though, was the desire to decode everything to the last bit, for the reader. Doing it in the penultimate or the final chapter is a mere must but to deploy this technique throughout the book was a little annoying, especially during the parts concerning investigation.
But the writing remains, overall, lean and insulated from complexities. A good companion for the weekend, by all means.
Overall, the book is above average. Could have been much much better.
Rating - 2.5/5
You know who is the killer in first part thanks to so much of hints scattered here and there. The rest is a silly goose chase but yet enjoyable enough to read.