Private Delhi by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi
Private Delhi by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi is another taut crime thriller in the Private Series. Private Delhi, is set in the busy, dynamic and routinely quagmire capital city of India . It starts after two lascivious lovebirds, looking for a hidden patch on an abandoned garden to get into the act, accidentally fall into a basement structure, and open a hazardous and rather gruesome Pandora’s Box. Huge barrels, lining the structure, were dissolving human remains in a nauseating solution and the count was, at first, eleven.
Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. However Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Morgan arrives in country for an international security conference, taking some time to check on Private Delhi and its head, Santosh Wagh. After a number of near-death experiences working for Morgan in Mumbai, Wagh quit his job and returned to drowning his sorrows in a bottle of booze. However, Morgan saw much in this man and convinced him to give things another chance.
Soon thereafter, Private Delhi took shape and had been thriving for a time. However it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. A number of bodies turn up in large containers, dissolving in acid. whispers about a new serial killer emerge soon after, with the posh community on the southern part of the city. However, upon further inspection, this is not a private residence, but a house owned by the state government. Morgan agrees to have Private handle the matter when approached by a high-ranking member of the government, even as Wagh warns that this is solely a political competition between two powerful men.
Wagh Reluctantly leads his team into a case that has many nefarious layers in a country where nothing is clear-cut. The bodies found in those containers are missing organs and new victims soon emerge, who turn out to be police, powerful businessmen and stuffed politicos in office all with sordid pasts. There are caricaturist jabs and political battles, corrupt bigwigs and convoluted vigilantes. Matters are complicated by an investigative reporter out for political blood, and the investigation takes new and curious spins and murderous twists, which might cost Wagh everything all over again.