Six Suspects is a gripping story by Vikas Swarup, who is an Indian diplomat and also the author of Q&A- The New York Times bestseller. Swarup's first novel, Q&A, was published in 2005 and was later turned into an Oscar winning film, Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. The book Six Suspects talks of Vicky, the son of a minister in Uttar Pradesh, who ends up murdering Ruby Gill- a bartender at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi. Reminiscent of the Jessica Lal murder case where in the killer was Manu Sharma, Six Suspects is a story that'll keep you hooked.
Lucid and simple in narrative, this book takes the reader seven years back when Vivek 'Vicky' Rai, son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh murdered Ruby Gill at a popular eatery in New Delhi after she refused to serve him a drink. Strangely, Vicky Rai gets killed at his farmhouse at a party that he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal, and the police discovers six suspects: the suspects were chosen on the basis of them having guns. The task of investigating this elaborate murder is given to Arun Advani, India's best-known investigative journalist. The story moves to show the reader the lives of the suspects unravel.
Six Suspects is a multilayered story that provides a detailed account of the corruption and crime that has taken over India. With each of the six characters in the book having three chapters dedicated to them, and each of them likely to pull the trigger, what you have here is a gripping whodunnit which makes Six Suspects a riveting page turner.
Vikas Swarup is known for his gripping narratives. Having served in Turkey, US, Ethiopia, South Africa and Japan, his style is evolved and simple: a quality not many Indian authors have. Among his other notable books are Q&A and The Accidental Apprentice. This paperback book is available online with the ISBN-10 number of 055277555X and ISBN-13 number of 978-0552775557.