Saturday, 5 October 2013
Messenger of Truth is the fourth book in the Maisie Dobbs series. She is a professional psychologist and detective. In 1930, she is approached by a woman, Georgina Bassington –Hope to conduct a private investigation. The woman is the twin of Nicholas Bassington-Hope, a talented artist who had died apparently due to a fall from the scaffolding while painting. The inquest by Scotland Yard says that it was just a case of accidental death. But Georgina dosen’t think so and approaches Maisie hoping that she would uncover the truth.
Monday, 3 June 2013
|By Stephen Booth|
This book by Stephen Booth is the seventh in a series of crime novels. Usually after a few books in the series, the plot becomes a bit old but no so for this book.
Detective Constable Cooper and his boss Detective Sergeant Diane Fry working at Edendale Police, a village in the Peak District of England are faced with the task of solving two mysterious crimes.
The first is the shooting of a 60 year old woman, Rose Shepherd in the wee hours of morning. Ms Shepherd had lived in the area for about 10 months and hadn’t made much contact with the local people except the mailman and the handyman. DS Fry, soon discovers that the woman had no contact with relatives or friends who could help in the investigation. There are almost no clues about her past. While reading this book, the reader will never stop thinking, ‘who could have killed this unassuming old lady and why?’
The second case is that of a mother dying with her two young sons in a house fire. At time of the incident, the father was not present at home and the youngest daughter was with her grandparents. The boys and their mother died of asphyxia.
The two mysterious crimes have a surprising Bulgarian connection to them and this makes the novel all the more interesting. By reading this book, the readers will also get to know a lot about what happened in Bulgaria after the disintegration of USSR.
Through Cooper, the author describes the English countryside and the rural lifestyle. The author also throws light on the bad condition of farmers and problems like animal poaching.
I would definitely recommend this book to you as it is not only a crime thriller with an interesting climax but also a thorough entertainer.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Through this book Chetan Bhagat has made his foray into non fiction for the first time and he has done reasonably well too. This book titled What Young India Wants is a collection of essays and columns written by him in The Times of India newspaper albeit with minor changes. Through this book Bhagat expresses his opinion on the current state of affairs in India. There are separate sections on society, politics and youth. Also included are two short stories on contemporary issues written by him and his great Indian dream. Through this book Bhagat has suggested many ways to improve the condition of India. He has highlighted many serious issues plaguing the country. There is also a touch of humour though. By reading this book you will get to know a lot about the problems facing the country. I was very impressed by his suggestions on improving the country. Education, corruption, health, politics, agriculture--almost everything that is troubling the country is discussed. His ideas are very impressive. By reading this book you will also be inspired to do something for the country.
Though the book lacks in-depth analysis of problems but it makes for a good read. There are catchy titles for each of the essays. The language is also very easy to understand.
Bhagat has also raised many issues that no one else has done till yet. He criticises the millionaires of India saying that they owe their success to their connections and not to innovation. As this book has been written in 2012 issues like corruption, insider trading etc that are making headlines currently are given more importance. He has also made us remember that in India common people are not valued. How else could Warren Anderson escape so easily after the Bhopal gas tragedy? He has rightly said that people in India are cheaper than fish. The plight of the farmer has also been highlighted. I too agree with him that we must nourish the nourisher first. We have already heard of many incidents of farmers being duped by rich people and politicians.
Bhagat is very much favourable towards foreign investment. But he is not afraid to say that corrupt corporates should be dealt with strictly. He has also pointed out that had the Bhopal gas tragedy taken place elsewhere it wouldn’t have been dealt with so leniently. What happened to BP due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
Bhagat has a few brave ideas and has appealed to us to foster change in our country. But one drawback is that he hasn’t stated very clearly as to how to implement them.
I would recommend this book to those who are interested in politics and bringing about a change in the society. Happy reading!
The associate is a novel about a brilliant young law student at Yale Law School. Initially he plans to study law and do public service in Virginia. But suddenly he changes his mind and surprises everyone—friends, family, professors etc. with his choice of law firm where he is to train. What his friends do not know but we know is that he has been blackmailed and so he was compelled to change his decision.
While at college Kyle McAvoy was an editor at the Yale Law Journal. He could also have been a basketball star had he not injured his knee. After joining the law firm, he is asked to steal sensitive information from clients’ files. This is extremely difficult because of the tight security. Imagine trying to steal information with video cameras and security people monitoring you all the time. On top of this if he is caught stealing, he could lose his job and be debarred for life.
His blackmailers are masters at their trade. Kyle’s apartment and belongings are all bugged. All his conversations are listened to and movements are monitored. But the blackmailers are never quite sure that he knows about the bugging. Eventually, the FBI comes into the picture but Kyle does not trust them completely and prefers to do things his own way.
Through this book we get valuable insights into the functioning of top Wall Street law firms. We come to know that many a times the lawyers and other employees of the firms just pass of their expenditure to the clients. A top lawyer charging $ 800 an hour doesn’t seem strange. John Grisham actually criticises the way law firms work. One more question that may arise in the mind of the reader is how as early as 2003 a phone could record long and clear audio and video only by voice activation.
Nonetheless, this book is bound to thrill those of you who are interested in stories involving crime, espionage etc. I would say that this book was definitely worth my time. And after reading this book I am longing to read another book of John Grisham.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Mitch Rafferty is a gardener who works in Orange County, California. One fine day while he is gardening, he gets a call on his cell—a call that changes him from a humble and loving gardener to man to a tactful fighter and a killer of three expert gunmen. His wife, Holly, a secretary in a real estate company had been kidnapped and he was being asked to cough up £ 2 million in exchange for her. He was given sixty hours. How could a simple gardener like him get so much money? He is also caught in a web of fake evidence planted in his home by the kidnappers. This complicates things and he is unable to approach police for help. He has to go it alone.
Confused, he wanders about till he gets help from an unexpected person who in the end turns out to be a traitor.
This book is a real thriller with a rather a tense opening and nice climax. It is bound to hold you in your seat till the last page. Lovers of crime fiction and kidnapping are surely going to have a great time reading this. The author has also taught us how unconditional and self sacrificing love between a couple should be.