Six Suspects

Six Suspects

Book - 2008
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Seven years ago, Vivek -Vicky' Rai, the playboy son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi simply because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vicky Rai is dead, killed at his farmhouse at a party he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal.

The police cordon off the venue and search each and every guest. six of them are discovered with guns in their possession and are taken in for questioning. Who are these six suspects? And what were they doing in the farmhouse that night?

In this elaborate murder mystery we join Arun Advani, India's best-known investigative journalist, as the lives of these six suspects unravel before our eyes: a corrupt bureaucrat; an American tourist; a stone-age tribesman; a Bollywood sex symbol; a mobile phone thief; and an ambitious politician. each is equally likely to have pulled the trigger. Inspired by actual events, Vikas Swarup's eagerly awaited second novel is both a riveting page-turner and an insightful peek into the heart and soul of contemporary India.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2008
ISBN: 9781554686063
Branch Call Number: SWAR
Characteristics: 470 p

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Mugu27 Oct 07, 2013

Awesome book! A must read! I enjoyed it from the first page to the last. I also recommend Q & A by the same author.

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velowallah
Jul 20, 2013

Excellent book. Not so much a police thriller as a social portrayal of contemparory Indian society. Funny, smart and very observant. One thing, though, left me wondering. The writer cleverly integrates a ton of real events to express his ideas. Pesticide in Coke, and Bhopal to illustrate corporate irresponsibility, Delhi pedestrian mowed down with impunity by a drunk but well-connected driver, Islamic terrorists, American intervention in Pakistan, etc. Yet arguably the most important development in India since the 90s, the rise of violent right-wing Hindu nationalism and it's presence in government, is never mentioned or referred to. Could this be due to the political career of the author? For anyone who wants to learn about the background for this book, the true story that inspired it, the very good film No one killed Jessica is available at the library as well!

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Elaine E. Lankamp
Feb 23, 2011

BBC audio book with full cast is outstanding! Don't miss hearing this book on CD

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SportyReader
Oct 07, 2010

Only the story of one of the characters prevents this from being a 5 star rating. Otherwise it's an excellent second effort from Vikas Swarup who unravels a delicious yarn of intersecting storylines. Definitely must read, and a must own if you can find a copy on sale!

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ali02
Jan 31, 2010

Don't be intimidated by the thickness of this book. Vikas Swarup has a way of keeping you hooked and guessing from the beginning through to the very clever and satisfying end.

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Sisbot
Dec 07, 2009

I agree. It was a terrific book. It was chosen by our book club and I did not wish to read it. I guess it is the evidence to why I am part of a book club, as it makes me read so many books I would never have picked up. A really great read. Highly recommend. Best "whodunnit" for me.

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Kikazi
Dec 04, 2009

This is one of the best books I have read in along time and I read alot of books...a whole lot of books. I like the interlocking stories because they do not just interlock but he worked with dates. I also liked when he introduced me to an individual or described an individual indirectly in someone's story and then I read about the individual later in their own story...making me come to a realization that this was the person he was actually talking about before. I thought his use of phone conversations, diaries and the media was extremely brilliant plus I was completely surprised by the ending. This is a must read for EVERYONE who loves themselves a good book and even those who don't just so you can find out how a Man becomes Gandhi and then Ruby Gill-A woman...Brilliant Brilliant BOOK!

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