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Chain of Custody
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on 6 April 2017
Great attempt. Living in Bangalore - can relate to the culture and the way things are portrayed .
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.
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on 5 August 2017
satisfying climax
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on 18 July 2016
Chain of Custody is a narration of events that lead us through a maze of investigation where we cannot make out anything ahead of us and rely on Gowda’s intuition and experience to lead us through to the other side safely. The simplest hint, the glint of an eye, a sly escaped smile, a subtle gesture is enough to set him off. The pace is just right for the reader to comprehend the reality while Gajendra, Ratna, Urmila, Santosh keep it lively and quick. In this fast paced tale of chasing dark shadows, unmasking smiling assassins, restoring faith in humanity, Gowda has to keep up the pace to match the wit of evil which lurks in the day light to snatch your child from your arms and next stop is worse than death. While it is a dark story we have people like Moina who hopes for a better day despite all the wrong things in her life and Gowda who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what you feel or does he? Will Gowda manage to outwit the ploys of the tekedar, Krishna and save Nandita is the million dollar question.
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on 25 July 2016
Inspector Gowda is back again. He still has his bullet bike, his dazzling flashes of insight and his barely suppressed irascibility. But something has changed. Something dark and revolting has entered his life, paradoxically making him a tad softer and vulnerable but also leaving behind a stink that any amount of showering and washing won't completely cure. Neither Smiley nor JG Reeder or any of the unlikely detectives before him have had to contend with something so soul-shattering.

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.
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on 9 November 2017
I enjoyed Anita Nair's first Inspector Gowda book "Cut Like Wound", and was actually waiting for the next book to arrive. I have to say I am disappointed by her writing style. It is tedious, there are too many explanations for phrases, and she doesn't seem to be clear on how to portray Inspector Gowda - good, bad or human. Some of the scenes seemed quite cliched, also the dialogues. There was no spark in any of the characters. Felt let down.
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on 14 December 2016
I was reading my first Gowda Series novel. What disappointed me more was the absence of any extra ordinary efforts in building up the story. Plot was almost predictable. Some writers believe that by writing all the dark matters of social life, they are being 'realistic', just like Danny Boyle sold his 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
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.
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on 10 February 2017
"A Chain Of Custody"- Inspector Gawda series by Anita Niar

"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 !
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on 22 November 2016
A book that portrays the extent to which evil and depravity has spread in our society.

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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on 26 August 2016
wonderful book.apart from the main theme the author mentions about the poverty in odisha.see what happend yesterday?a poorman holding his wifes deadbody and,,,,etc.good work again by anita nair
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on 9 August 2016
Got to reading the book yesterday. Just done. Well researched and written.
A page turner. But disturbing to learn what's happening around us.
Gowda's affable and humane side is refreshing.
. Keep 'em coming, Anita
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