Goodreads blurb: There are people who will do anything to silence the ones who come in their way, those who will stop at nothing, including murder.
A young banker is found dead a day after she deposes before a commission investigating large-scale financial fraud…
A doyen of corporate India falls to his death from his south Bombay flat…
A high-security server room of a multinational accounting firm is hacked and the hackers aren’t looking for just company secrets…
Illicit finance, high-stakes crime and vicious manipulation come together in this story of corruption, greed and treachery among corporate India’s black sheep. Arresting, fast-paced and written by an insider from the corporate world, Fraudster will keep you on your toes till the very end.
As the above blurb states, the book begins with the unnatural death of a young girl who is found dead a day after she deposes before an investigating commission. This sets in motion a chain of events where one senior banker and his friend, a Chartered Accountant who is engaged in a forensic investigation are also found dead under mysterious circumstances. These three deaths right at the beginning of the book set the tone of the narrative set in the milieu of the Indian banking industry.
The daughter of one of the victims and a close friend and protégé of another of the victims become the next unsuspecting targets of a larger conspiracy where their loved ones left behind more than enough clues to put them right in the path of lurking danger. Whether they survive the attempts made on their lives, whether the truth sees the light of day makes up for the rest of this riveting book.
What works really well for this book is the fact that the author has decades of experience working in this sector and knowing it inside out. He therefore is able to provide readers with insights unique to insiders and manages to ‘dumb down’ the concepts to such an extent that even readers without any idea about the basics of the banking sector can also understand and appreciate the proceedings in the book. And what’s even better is the fact that the author does not ‘dumb down’ the narrative so much that he ends up spoon-feeding the readers and leaves enough leeway for them to figure things out on their own as well. This wonderful balance can be achieved only by somebody who knows his craft and his subject matter quite well.
One inevitable comparison which every reader will make with Fraudster will be with the other books in this genre, written by Ravi Subramanian. And given that Ravi Subramanian has a head start of at least seven years and a track record of five back to back really good books set in the financial services sector (not including his latest release), RV Raman had more than a tough ask to come up with a competent book in this genre. And did he do justice to the expectations, I personally think so. In my opinion, Ravi Subramanian has good competition in this genre from RV Raman, if the latter decides to author more books in the genre of corporate crime thrillers.
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