I would also like to read the exciting crime thriller “Private India” by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi. It features Private Detective Jack Morgan whose exclusive LA based private investigation agency has spread to Mumbai, where it is headed by investigator Santosh Wagh, who was brought to Jack Morgan’s attention following a coordinated terrorist railway bombing 2 years earlier. Santosh is an excellent investigator despite a drink problem, which has been exacerbated by the tragic death of his wife and children.
Santosh Wagh’s problems begin with a series of seemingly unrelated murders, in the teeming metropolis of Mumbai, where women are being Strangled with a yellow scarf and strange trinkets are being left at their death scene in a series of chilling rituals. Santosh goes on the hunt for an elusive killer with his team, Mubeen the medical forensic expert, Hari, the technology geek and Nisha his top crime colleague. They are also on the radar of the Jihadi outfits with potential outside threats from the powerful militant Mujahideen who have sympathies with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Mumbai police are supportive of Santosh and his team as long as they are kept informed. Other figures of authority, particularly the Attorney general, Nalin D’Souza, are more autonomous. Powerful mobsters, Munna and his henchman, Nimboo are even more dangerous, with their widespread control of the Mumbai crime scene and access to potent weapons.
As the killings mount up daily, fresh enquiries link them to the nine avatars of the Hindu Goddess, Durga. Santosh struggles to find clues to the killer’s identity and faces a race against time to prevent further imminent, predictable killings. When Jack Morgan arrives in Mumbai, The chase for the culprit steps up and the case requires detailed detective work and a large modicum of luck if they are to find the link that will lead them to the next victim. Meanwhile Jack’s organisation is also being undermined by an unseen menace which threatens to destroy the agency from within and plunge the city into chaos.