- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (20 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099586398
- ISBN-13: 978-0099586395
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 223 customer reviews
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The combination of Patterson's fast-paced style and Sanghi's India touch works.” - India Today
“Combines the suspense and fast-moving plots of Patterson's writing with the exhaustive research and gripping storylines of Sanghi” - Times of India
“The result is a fast-paced thriller where references to Indian mythology are juxtaposed alongside members from the intelligence services.” - Wall Street Journal
“A compulsive page turner… almost all the chapters in Private India run for no more than a few pages, galloping ahead through explosive twists in the plot.”- Mint
“The story is fast, littered with twists and bends in plots and ploys with ample dangling hooks to snare the reader.” - Forbes India
"Racy, breathless, non-stop reading... so well has Sanghi mastered the international thriller style of writing…” - New Indian Express
“Private India is fast paced; a proverbial page turner…” - Bangalore Mirror
“Private India is as suspense-ridden and gripping as what you’d expect as a combination of Sanghi and Patterson’s minds.” - Grazia
“The plot contains the right elements of Indian exotica and is a nail-biting thriller from start to end.” - Platform Magazine
“Patterson and Sanghi collaborate to write a nail biting Private India.” - The Man
"Private India has quite a few elements working for it. Unusual characters, a serial killer with an original modus operandi, snappy dialogue and a refreshing portrayal of Mumbai." - Hindustan Times
"As a page turner the book works compellingly. Delivers its adrenaline fix." - The Statesman
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Second Observation: The book is a brilliant thriller. The pages literally seem to fly. Crisp and compact sentences plunged into the reader's mind like a sniper's bullet or a killer's knife. Characters jumped out of Page 3, in a suitably sordid tale of sex, violence, abuse, revenge, and powerplay. In short, it was just the thing a doctor would prescribe for a thriller-lover bruised by yawn inducing overhyped mysteries being peddled across the sites.
Highly Recommended. Just don't take it too seriously, OK?
the last part is far too unnecessary with the involvement of ISIS and the local goons. Felt it was too stretched with the fights happening in climax.
Characters like Nisha, Santosh, Rupesh have a strong persona and proper back drop is provided to build it further.
Overall a good suspense thriller where you are urged to finish in a go...
I bought a copy (I suppose, like most Indian readers) only because of the American/Indian writer collaboration.
I have not read any of Patterson's 'Private' series though I am (an inconsistent fan) of his 'Alex Cross' and some of his stand-alone novels.
The closest (but distant) genre that this novel comes to is Robin Cook's 'Foreign Body' (2008) that was based in India: an absorbing medical-thriller despite the bad reviews.
'Private India' has enough twists to merit a satisfying read, despite poor characterisations.
In any case Patterson has never cared much for descriptions, believing it dents the story telling.
This is breezy airport/railway/vacation reading (short, chunky one-incident-per-chapter that sometime has only few paragraphs. Chapter 116 for example has only 3 lines) with instant gratification and immense satisfaction but it's no Dan Brown/ Grisham, not that Patterson/Sanghi care.
Seemingly random women are being killed and the Indian Branch of 'Private' (an international investigative agency) headed by an alcoholic with a troubled past, and his motley staff, is called to explore the murders.
The murders are baffling as all are women and have no similarities to each other.
Yes, there is an accidental killing of a male, but with a different motive.
Apart from the victims, there is also an ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) who is not who he seems, a married attorney-general with a roving eye, a perverted Godman (aren't they always?) and a Robin-Hood like 'Don.'
As the story proceeds, all things fall into place, methodically, and more importantly, convincingly.
Every connection to the victims (that initially appears chaotic) is traced to the murders in a pat-ending.
The simplistically-narrated tale also includes exploitation of underage boys/girls, begging-syndicates, match-fixing, adultery, dance-bars and prostitution'.
In a clever marketing move, the Indian edition has Sanghi as the prominent author and Patterson's name in smaller writing and vice-versa in USA/UK editions.
This 470 page-book has 20 pages of extracts from the first 'Private' novel.
Along with the main story it's the small parts/paragraphs that are readable.
The description of the sari's sensuousness, the reason behind the ACP's hatred of the main protagonist, the Politician/Mafia link-ups and the Page-Three parties'..
An obligation to a 'Don' to seek vengeance by an important character (for a rape) has shades from Mario Puzo's 'The Godfather', also seen in Feroz Khan's 1975 hit film 'Dharmatma.'
Patterson/Sanghi suggest that terrorists are born, not made (a racially motivated crime makes one person turn patriotic, and another, a terrorist)
The writers have obviously kept the international audience in mind as though the Indian characters have Indian names, the dialogue seems artificial.
Also included are many of the Mumbai's sights/locations from Colaba to Chowpatty, Arthur Jail to The Tower of Silence, Haji-Ali to the Navratri festival, Five-Star Hotel/Cocktail parties to Wikipedia-like descriptions of the Mumbai trains, Dharavi: Asia's biggest slum and Kanathipura : the red-light area.
Rating - 4.5/5*
A good read for James Patterson fans, and Ashwin Sanghi has added the flair with the history behind the 9 avatars of Godess Durga, as it is shown entwined in the logic of people getting killed.
But at the end i felt wanting for more. I found no spectacular twist in the tail. And that is why giving 4 stars.
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