Saturday, August 23, 2014

Book Review: Private India: James and Ashwin

Private India, by two of the bestselling writers in the world James Patterson with Ashwin Sanghi, author of the successful saga of Rozabal Line, Chanakya's Chant and The Krishna Key, appears, not unexpectedly, with a thriller set in Mumbai.

The recipe is a winner with the protagonist Santosh Wagh, a brilliant detective of one of the most important investigative agencies in the world, precisely called to investigate a series of murders and to find the culprit, or rather, the culprits.

The murders are followed and the investigation turns, as in the classic plots of the genre, with a race against time to stop the killer battling Mumbai's biggest gang lord and a godman who isn't all he seems. In a climate of anxiety and alertness, Wagh has the most difficult role of all, a role that can potentially jeopardize not only his career but the whole of Mumbai.

It all starts with the murder of a Thai doctor, Kanya Jaiyen. The murder of Kanya bears a signature unusual, her murderer, in fact, tied a yellow scarf around her neck, placed a flower on one hand, and a fork on the other. Among his victims there will also be Afternoon Mirror reporter Bhavna Choksi, Elima Xavier, a school headmistress, Anjana Lal, the Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Ragini Sharma, a politician and others with the same signature.

Almost like an ad style race, which indicates the opening of another reality there are scattered clues, from where we build theories and investigations, and in the meantime make demons with small structures made of woven branches. The ability to see the yellow sign, since, always in appearance, only Wagh, strangely affected by periodic distortions of the fabric of reality, which he gives no weight, is able to find, dragging the connections.

Everything tells us that the will reveal plots that do not lead anywhere, which will be omitted in place of a radical change in the way of seeing things with a play fictitious capable of detecting the doors to other dimensions, or towards madness. In any case, it produces a change once in contact with a recipient.

In this sense, the reading and representation of Wagh, and the explicit mention that it is done, is the spy, not enough visions that plague one of the characters, who have turned into a sort of Messiah nihilist, is the signal of the distortion from the fabric of the real.

As with any Patterson novel, Private India also manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the reader right away. The plot is intriguing, and the setting painstakingly catapults the reader in Mumbai. But Private India is not only this, Ashwin Sanghi is a master of narrative and can, in fact, evoke the magic of the mythology to smell the cults, the Navratri festival and even Goddess Durga.

With this novel, Patterson and Sanghi gave birth to an electrifying thriller, full of adrenaline and adventure. There are no pauses or slowdowns. The pace is steady, and grows in intensity as it approaches the end. Of course, as has always used by the authors, the final surprise is assured.

The story is full of details, descriptions of well-designed and the case is really full of minutiae and tests. Of course, before it was much more difficult to try to solve the murders and mysteries that were hidden behind but the mind of Wagh as an investigator is clear, cold, seemingly selfish and shrewd  and knows where to put his hands, his appearance with his eye decadent definitely does not reflect his mind.

Patterson and Sanghi never disappoint. They both have a particular style, simple and lightweight and are two of the few writers who still manages to surprise, to fascinate and keep the reader in suspense until the end.

The narrative, as always, fast flowing, fluid is very addictive despite the static nature of the early chapters with the streets of Mumbai are described in an elegant way in some ways where the characters are taught and expounded in a uniform manner without smudging. No flaw in the survey and in the case that will be upset at the way.

A novel, warm and cozy, strong and determined with pleasant reading focused on the balance of the protagonists, their being human, all too human and for the same reason interesting. Because with their flaws, they cease to be repulsive, to become a source of action and in this particular case, a reason for readers to read every single page.

Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 480 ♥ Publisher: Random House ♥ Published: July 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-0099586395