Ciaran Richards’ father was a soldier. A hero.
But now he’s dead. Or is he?
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“This is Prakash writing. I am the murderer of Padma Manepally. I am attaching
photos of her dead body taken in her apartment today to prove that I am indeed
the killer. Old ladies make nice soft targets. I think I will wipe off an old lady next. Catch me if you can.”
A ruthless killer is on the loose. He has openly challenged the police to catch him. The reputation of the Hyderabad Police is in tatters. The psychopath is roaming freely across Hyderabad killing indiscriminately. Or is there a method in this madness? Who are these victims and why they have been selected by the murderer? ACP Gopi Reddy ropes in good friend Vikram Rana to help him. As Gopi Reddy admits, 'Random killers are the hardest criminals to catch.' But to Vikram Rana something about these brutal incidences does not ring true and these crimes seem to be related. Will Vikram and ACP Reddy be able to prevent another murder in this race against time before this monster strikes again?
A riveting read from the start, A Season for Dying is the second release in the Vikram Rana Series from Sharmishtha Shenoy. A masterfully penned thriller with a latticework of suspense and a plot that reflects the best of the genre with Shenoy not only telling a compelling story but ably managing to avoid the spectre of predictability. There are few things more rewarding in crime fiction than a good plot twist, but get it wrong and writers risk leaving their readers feeling swindled. Shenoy, however, gets it just right and serves her twists with perfect timing. Writing in acerbic prose with a meticulous eye for detail her characters are insightful and deftly drawn, eschewing the genre tendency towards stoic stereotypes to deliver flawed real world personas that powerfully resonate with the reader. They’re caustic and energetic, ensuring narrative momentum rarely wanes as plot lines converge and darkly disturbing events unfold and through them, Shenoy not only maintains psychological tension but encourages us to reflect on the consequences of a killing spree. The denouement may not come as surprise to all her readers but it’s certainly compelling.
A top notch release in an original series, A Season For Dying proves a highly enjoyable read and is recommended without reservation.
When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves.
Fielding a plot that works with diabolical effectiveness, this isn’t your run of the mill offering with Cole delivering characters that are both mysterious and compelling. Genre tropes are evident throughout, the action comes fast and furious, there’s the obligatory blood and gore, but it’s not gratuitous with Cole being sure to touch the right emotional chords.Sure to be well received by avid fans of the genre and beyond whilst garnering much interested in the works of Lincoln Cole. It is recommended without reservation.
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