From the book 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.
Over a career spanning three decades and four continents, RV Raman advised several banks, financial institutions and corporates on various matters. He has now turned to writing fiction set in corporate India, based on his insights and observations.
Having moved away from full-time roles, he now teaches business strategy at an IIM, mentors young entrepreneurs, advises select clients and writes.
Tired of extensive physical travel around the world, he now prefers less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of his own creation. He lives in Chennai. His complete profile is available here.
Fraudster is his first corporate thriller.
What I think
I am spellbound and the book is beyond awesome. The story is set under the backdrop of corporate frauds and it is brilliantly described. It is jet packed and several unexpected incidents will keep you hooked to the book like never before.
The cover page portrays the silhouette of a man and it fits perfectly with the plot. So does the simple title. The book blurb is crisp and draws potential readers to it. The font, size and paragraph spacing are pleasant.
The narrative is lucid and the language is simple. The suspense is brilliantly built. The end is unexpected and awes you. I have to specially mention the last line in book – in the epilogue. I don’t want to give away though. It made me nod and smile at the same time.
All the main characters are nicely established. I have to mention Varsha’s character here. It is free from clichés.
What I loved about the book is that it is devoid of masala and lusty elements. It is only about frauds and how crookedly people can think. It is also about how the greed for money can drive people crazy and make them morally blind.
The plot is very realistic and highly probable. Such practicality makes this book a perfect thriller.
Don’t miss it.
You will not regret the few hours spent!
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Being a Chartered Accountant myself, I was able to relate to the problems they faced and their work culture. It felt good. Looking forward to read more such books, author!