Author: Sourabh Mukherjee
Sheetal Mehra, HR executive with Crescent Technologies, is found murdered in the toilet of a Kolkata hotel after an office party. ACP Agni Mitra finds out about her adulterous ways as he starts investigating into the murder. The miffed husband, a lecherous boss, one of her many jilted admirers – anyone could have killed her. The investigation is stuck in myriad perplexing questions when the murder of Meenakshi Menon, a Director with Altius Finance, hits the headlines. As more murders rock the city, it is not too long before the battle of wits with his unseen adversary turns personal for Agni. A ruthless killer walking the rain-washed streets of Kolkata. A detective battling storms brewing in his private life. Human relations infested with deceit. A generation struggling to cope with fast-changing ambitions and desires. In the Shadows of Death is a gripping page-turner with a heart-rending emotional core.
This is by far one of the best books by Indian Authors, really tight woven plot line, strong characterization, zero grammatical or stylization errors, I just wish all books were this good!
The main premise of the story is that the detective Agni Mitra finds himself looking for a serial killer. In order to give an interesting subplot, we also find out that he is going through a divorce. While unrelated to the case, it does have a humanizing effect on the protagonist, so we find ourselves to be more involved in this case.
The author has even added murder’s POV in between, so we know what the murder is thinking, we just have no idea who he or she is.
The writing pace is just perfect, and the language is simple. Even the number of pages are not that many, so the book can be read easily under a week.
If you like thrillers, this is a book that you need to pick up.