Private India

Title: Private India
Author: Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction

Private India is a race against time thriller to save thousands of lives, embarking on the trademark of James Patterson’s writing style with an Indian scenario by Ashwin Sanghi. 
The opening pages remind you of the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and the plot thickens with every chapter creating an intriguing web of serial murders and terrorist plots. 

Santosh Wagh is a private investigator who runs a firm ‘Private India’, when he is not battling the alcohol. He and his team are hired to solve a series of ritualistic murders that gets complicated on an exponential rate. His quest to find the killer before it is too late and his deductions to unravel the mystery forms the whole stratagem of the book. 

I was very excited about this book, not only because of James Patterson’s name on the cover but also due to my high anticipation from the 4th book of Ashwin Sanghi, and it will be safe to say, I was not disappointed. James Patterson has involved with 8 books of Private series published so far: Private by Maxine Paetro, Private London by Mark Pearson, Private #1 Suspect by Maxine Paetro, Private Games by Mark Sullivan, Private Berlin by Mark Sullivan, Private L.A. by Mark Sullivan and Private Down Under by Michael White. Private India is not the best of the series, but could be easily placed in the top half. Without a doubt, the best from Ashwin Sanghi yet. 

There was a time when one of the rituals reminded me of the show ‘Castle’ and then the appearance of James Patterson on that show. I count it as a big pro of this novel. 

Author has very carefully knitted the sublime backdrop of Mumbai. The underworld, politics and religious intricacies forms a strong subtext in this otherwise another brick in gruesome-murders wall of whodunit. With a sea of movies and TV shows presenting bizarre display of dead bodies (What happened to make it vanish? Seems like no one is interested to hide it anymore, the message has become more important than the murder.), one would think that writing has lost its charm in this regard; this novel is one of those which prove it has not. 

There is only one drawback I found and it is not a minuscule one. The flow of the book is not steady. There are many times when I am grasping for the narration to slow down and many times I am bombarded with too much detail, uncalled for the progress of story. This mixture of paces diminishes the novel’s re-reading value. That said it’s a quick read anyway. 

Recommended for Patterson fanatic/ Private series fan and any casual reader of Crime/Mystery genre. 


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