Are you looking for a fast paced narrative that tells an engaging story revolving around murder with a hint of dark humour? Then The Illicit Happiness of Other People is just the book you need! The book has been written by Manu Joseph and published by Harper India Ltd.
The book revolves around Ousep Chacko, who is the protagonist of the story. Ousep is an underachiever who has not accomplished much in life. He is an unsuccessful writer and has never seen daylight working as a journalist. Yet,he is hell bent on making it as a writer and, as a result, puts his family�s needs aside. Due to this, his wife manages to do everything possible to raise their children while Ousep sticks to his pipe dreams. His wife is fed up of him and secretly hatches a plot to murder him. They have two children, Unni, the older son who is an aspiring cartoonist and Thoma, the younger son who is in school. Unni, who is seventeen years old, dies mysteriously after he falls off a balcony. No one knows whether it was an accident or if he was pushed. After three years, Ousep comes across a comic strip Unni had drawn and realises that the clue to his murder lies in the strip. Ousep begins investigating and finding the truth behind Unni�s death. During this quest, he stumbles upon a neurosurgeon with whom he has an aggressive encounter. The neurosurgeon threatens Unni�s friends and also attends a meeting of cartoonists. This story is about love, mystery and the illicit struggle of people to find meaning behind life. The book has been written in a comprehensive and lucid manner and hence is easy to understand and follow. Its fast paced narrative tempts you to turn every page and finish the entire book in one sitting. This book is a must have for people who love the genre of thriller and mystery.
The author, Manu Joseph, was born in Kerala and raised in Chennai. He is a writer of Indian descent. He finished his graduation from Loyola College and previously worked as an editor for the Open Magazine. The Illicit Happiness of Other People is his second book. His debut novel was titled Serious Men, which was a bestseller. He is currently residing in Delhi and continues to spend his time writing. The hardcover edition of The Illicit Happiness of Other People is available for purchase online with an ISBN-10 number of 9350293641 and an ISBN-13 number of 978-9350293645.