Thriller lovers! You can't not-read The Bankster
29 December, 2012
Well, first of all my gratitude towards BlogAdda to provide me the opportunity to review this book free of charge.
Ravi Subramanian, as remarked, is the John Grisham of Banking thriller genre, and not wrongly. And The Bankster conforms to all the banking and thriller standards in its story lineup.
The most likable fact of this novel is that all major characters are given their fair share of development and face value. This thing is evenly visible from the book’s trailer on youtube easily.
The story starts with a normal tell-tale of an international investment bank GB2’s Bandra branch in India and the daily work-life of its employees, RMs, HR, branch heads, cluster head, CEO, etc. It briefly and at a steady pace takes you explaining work culture in any such bank, the politics, minor and major money-launderings, mind games, relationships, etc. in the first half.
The turn in the story comes when in the author’s own words: 'Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive? Is the banker at GB2 fast turning into a bankster? Or he was always one?'
In addition to the Banking scam coming up, two other minor stories go on being narrated side by side; one dealing with an international arms dealer, and the other one about being a nuclear reactor being commissioned in Devikulam, India. But all the stories begin to merge as the scam starts unraveling under the finance-detective eyes of Karan Panjabi, an ex-banker who works for a national daily now. He is driven to the case only when his best friend is murdered who was getting close to uncovering international money-laundering scam on the basis of fraud accounts getting set-up within GB2 branches.
The second half encompasses Karan’s efforts along with help of a few others in the bank, with only 36 hrs at their disposal, to uncover the grappling truth behind all these murders and the proper reason behind them. The script is very good and narration has imprints of an established writer. The author has done a commanding work from start till the end taking the story at a fine and steady pace, unfolding all events at seemingly right timings.
The reader will always keep wondering after all who The Bankster among the characters is! An intelligent work, if not masterpiece, of mystery webs and speculations (from reader's point of view).
And hey! What a big moment when he/she is brought open at the climax!!!
Balanced details of investment banking and other events at right pace.
Balanced character development mostly
Genuine and taut thriller
Author’s successful intent on maintaining mystery at various turning points
Raunchiness not much overplayed.
Dislikes: Few loosing ends of the story (like no further issue taken up on what happened to people who put up fraud accounts initially in GB2 which were later found to be a part of a global money-laundering scam).
Well, nonetheless, likes are much heavier here than dislikes. And the epilogue provides a fitting end to the novel. Read it for entertainment and thrilling 2nd half.
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