On New Year's Day, a man is found brutally murdered on the outskirts of Pune City. Pune's leading investigative journalist, Chakradhar, is shocked by this gory and puzzling crime. The dead man is found with multiple stab wounds in the shape of hideous smile carved on his face. Post-mortem results show that the wounds were inflicted with an old fashioned fountain pen whileOn New Year's Day, a man is found brutally murdered on the outskirts of Pune City. Pune's leading investigative journalist, Chakradhar, is shocked by this gory and puzzling crime. The dead man is found with multiple stab wounds in the shape of hideous smile carved on his face. Post-mortem results show that the wounds were inflicted with an old fashioned fountain pen while the victim was still alive. Chakradhar, assisted by his spunky kickboxer protege Mukta, a genius anti-social computer hacker Aatif, and Chakradhar's best friend Dr. Poonawala - an eccentric bumbling GP - is drawn into a spine-chilling investigation. The case starts spiralling out of control when bodies start piling up with the killer's signature - the smile carved on victims' face. As Chakradhar races on with determination to get to the bottom of this mystery, he uncovers a terrible secret in corporate Pune. But, even when he solves one clue after another, the architect of this crime puzzle - the murderer - is still at large. And, suddenly, Chakradhar is a target....
|Title||:||Pune Murder Chronicles|
|Number of Pages||:||197 Pages|
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Pune Murder Chronicles Reviews
I recevied a physical copy of the book via Rumor Books India in exchange for an honest review.Actual Rating is 3.5 Stars The detailed review will be up soon :)
I feel I have been introduced to a completely new genre of books among Indian books especially. After reading this book, I was surprised with the content of the book and even more surprised that it was written by an Indian author. No offence to Indian authors but I have never read a murder, mystery and thriller book written by an Indian author that was so compelling. The story had context, cause and relevant content that Indians of today will identify with instantly. The characters and their various emotions, their back stories were sufficiently described. Which gave layers of emotions to them. The book sheds light on many social issues prevalent in India such as gender violence, caste differentiation, and stereotyping of working class women and the harassment they have to face daily. I talks about the innocent little comments made by men and even women, which in reality are far from innocent and downright unjust such as “she can’t be so successful at such a young age, without doing sexual favours” or “how is it that she is payed more then be even though she is younger” etc. I wish more people read this book.The Murderer in the book has a very deep and personal motive. Which people in general can identify to. Only an Indian writer can write a book were the villain of the story, a serial killer, is a relatable character who you can sympathise with. The gruesome crimes being committed was portrayed very vividly. And the cops were portrayed as very efficient and competent in their work. Which I appreciated because Indian cops, I feel in general do not get as much credit as they deserve. All in all it was a well written book and has encouraged me to read more of our Indian authors who write in this genre.
Totally Disappointing !!When I read the premise of this book, I was excited and I bought this book. My excitement was short lived. Many things were repetitive such the protagonist's habit of drinking 'Chai' and smoking. It is also shown as if in Pune almost each one of them, be it a journalist or a corporate honcho or a any person as such is a drunkard or atleast drinks alcohol. Then coming to the other characters mentioned in the premise such as the Doc and the hacker. Their characterization is very limited and they are just aides to the protagonists and are given very less importance. The other character, Mukta, she is given a somewhat on-par exposure to the protagonist. Sub-plots are necessary, simply to increase the number of pages, such as the takeover of the newspaper by a corporate and profit-hungry investment company, the dilemmas faced by the protagonist when he doesn't like this shift are elongated than necessary. "Bodies start piling up", this is an exaggeration. To be precise, there are only 2 murders which are actually showcased in this story. The investigation shown is also not so exciting. Overall this one is not worth !!!!
As I went on a murder mystery binge last month, I bought this one to fill up the gaps left by Christie’s Poirot series. This was in the recommendations after I completed Avirook Sen’s ‘Aarushi’ and I anticipated a spine-chilling series of murders like Nithari killings mentioned in ‘Aarushi’. I am not satisfied reading this. It was not anything I had expected from the blurb. The characters other than Chakradhar were not described as much as they were given importance in solving the mystery. We do not know much about the hacker who is the best help in cracking the mystery providing leads to the journalist. The story could have been longer, we can afford to read it that way better. A little more effort could have made this book fulfilling. The motive of the story is appealing but neither investigation was spine-chilling nor was the murderer thrilling. The only thing that is satisfying is the horror of the murders for the deeds the killed had done. I do not know what, but something could have made this a good read.