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Cut Like Wound

(Inspector Gowda #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  84 reviews
It is the first night of Ramadan. At Shivaji Nagar in the heart of Bangalore, a young male prostitute is killed and burnt alive. It would have stayed as yet another unsolved murder, but for Inspector Borei Gowda, the investigating officer. As bodies begin to pile up one after the other, and it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the prowl, Gowda recognizes a pattern i ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 2012 by Harper Collins (first published August 30th 2012)
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Anita Nair is an impressive author and I have come to enjoy a couple of her books. I desperately wanted to kick start my Indian books reading challenge, hence picked up this book without even reading the blurb.
I was in for a pleasant surprise as I came to know that one of my favorite Indian authors have attempted a foray into my favourite genre - unravelling the murky minds of the serial killer.
This is a serial killer novel with a twist- not only is the characterization and depiction of places
Savie Karnel
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Cut Like Wound, which its author Anita Nair calls ‘literary noir,’ is better written than most Indian popular fiction, but fails to get a grip on Bangalore’s seamier side

Having written a slew of novels, writer Anita Nair seems to be in the mood for some experimentation. The Bangalore-based writer’s new novel, Cut Like Wound, is an investigative thriller set in Bangalore, unlike her earlier fiction, almost all of which is based in her native Kerala.

The book opens with the murder of a male sex wor
Read it because it was part of a readathon and because it was Anita Nair. Loved Mistress and Ladies Coupé. But though it was a police procedural (One of my favourites) did not like it as much as expected. For one Inspector Gowda's intuition failed to impress me. I guessed the culprit from the very start and I hate it when that happens. There should have been an element of surprise. And it was dark and gory at places.Also there was no real completion both in the case and the Inspector's personal ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
A Bangalore based Murder mystery- multiple murders, the Indian Police and an intriguing story. The protagonist here is an unusual middle aged cop, who struggles with his own identity and finds himself questioning his entire life and career. He does have a charm about him though that you can't help enjoy. I wish his character had developed a little further in the book, somehow left me longing for more. The book is unique in many ways, but I felt it missed Anita's magnificent story writing. I foun ...more
Arpita Bhuyan
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
You'll probably come to know midway who the perpetrator is but the writing is so good that you nevertheless stay hooked till the end. Characters are well etched out and the plot is gripping enough to make you want to continue with the series! I'm really looking forward to the next one in this. 4 out of 5 stars.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Divya by: Nitha
3.5/5 Stars

Having read Ladies Coupé by Anita Nair, I was really excited to read this. I did enjoy this book as I was already comfortable with her style. I was also really fascinated that the story line was set up in Bangalore, and being a resident of Bangalore I could actually visualize it better.

The story revolves around serial murders, and how Inspector Borei Gowda investigates it was an interesting. However, I did feel there were few unnecessary story lines and characters introduced which was
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A young male prostitute is found murdered and burnt in one of the many alleys in Shivajinagar in Bangalore. The case lands on the desk of Inspector Gowda and his new subordinate, SI Santhosh. Gowda is distracted, with personal issues crowding him. Not the most social person even normally, Santhosh finds him even more grouchy and grumpy than he expected. As they start investigating, they realize the case is more complex than they thought initially, it has all the indications of being a serial mur ...more
Pooja T
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it

I was so excited to hear that Anita Nair had written a thriller novel, and that there was finally some thrillers being written in India. To be fair, this is a very well written book, no surprise considering this is written by a fine author. But this isn't exactly a great suspense thriller. The perpetrator is very obvious if you have half a brain, which makes me wonder if the author intended this to happen? Though I wonder why? Isn't the very point of a whodunit to keep you guessing? This one di
Vinod Ni
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
To me, it seemed like the author watched a couple of movies and then decided to write a book overnight. For God's sake! the killer calls his victim's family after each kill!!, yet the inspectors cannot trace the numbers that makes the call? yet some other evidence seems to magically land on the inspector's lap. The plot is quite cliche, nothing new, a heroic inspector at the twilight of his career, a half wit assistant still wet behind his ears, a schizophrenic villain with a troubled past, a eg ...more
Indrani Sen
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
The novel introduces Inspector Gowda, a jaded but brilliant officer. A very good police procedural follows, set in Bangalore. Bangalore localities play a large part in the narrative. The characters are well written and are many shades of human gray. The build-up to climax is good and the twist in the end is nicely done. While a lot of time is spent on Inspector Gowda's personal life, it doesn't detract from the story. The inspector's love for his bullet is a nice touch and will make many readers ...more
Preethi Venugopala
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After long delays due to work and homework, I finished cut like the wound.
Read a thriller after a long time. I think I have a crush on Inspector Borei Gowda.
It became more interesting as I live in Bangalore. I have visited most of the places mentioned in the book. So it was easy visualising the scenes. Yet the darkness did not completely spook me out. It was in the correct dose that I liked. And even though it is a thriller, you can find the brilliance of Anita Nair shine through, especially i
Sreekanth JP
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Waste of time. Author loves to describe surroundings more than narrating story. dragging. Sad attempt
Moushine Zahr
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel I've read from the same Indian author Anita Nair. The first read novel is Quand Viennent Les Cyclones. In this novel, the author shows the full extent of her writing skills because she wrote her first crime novel while the previous novel I read fell in the social drama category. Overall, this book is well written as the other ones and as much as the other crime novel I've read. This novel follows the inspector Gowda pursuing a serial criminal in Bengalore, India.

The fir
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Anita Nair tries to add some unwanted layers to the Police Procedural, which could have actually worked had the plot had some more meat in it. The MO of the killer is repetitive, the details sketchy and vague leaving Inspector Gowda to plod on through the seedy underbelly of Bengaluru. However Gowda is a wahsed out drunkard of a cop, whodoesn't have too many idiosyncrasies or any chutzpah to make him interesting, and is sadly bogged down by his past flame of an ex-girlfriend and a teenage son, w ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best book
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
3.5 stars actually. And mainly for a promise of the future. Anita Nair has ventured into a new territory and created a real promising character in Inspector Borei Gowda. Also, the police procedures look well researched. Plus, the artist in Anita Nair makes sure that it is not any mindless potboiler, and the book has some literary quality as well.

But the book itself has some issues, which Anita Nair has to iron out if her character has to acquire any legend.

One. I hated the almost Christie-esque
Pramod Biligiri
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Inspector Borei Gowda grew up in Jayanagar 5th block, where his retired father still lives in their old house along with his other son and daughter-in-law. Borei Gowda wrote the bank exam and became a clerk according to his father’s desires, but rebelled after a few years to pursue his real passion: solving crimes and bringing criminals to justice. His truant son has been dispatched to Hassan for medical school, and his wife Mamatha gets a job in the ESI Hospital over there in order to stay with ...more
Montse Gallardo
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me ha gustado mucho, es muy entretenido y -como en todos los libros de esta autora- la ambientación me gusta; nos saca de la visión estereotipada de La India (vacas por las calles, mendigos en cada esquina, faquires, etc.) y nos acerca a lo que es hoy este país, en el que el desarrollo tecnológico, el crecimiento de las ciudades, la mejora de la calidad de vida o la creciente independencia de las mujeres, convive con los barrios de chabolas, las castas (prohibidas por ley, pero vigentes en lo co ...more
Sreesha Divakaran
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I remember the first time I saw this in my regular bookstore. I put it back on the shelf cos police thrillers are not something I enjoy reading. But it was an Anita Nair book after all, so two week later I went back to the store and bought it.

All her books seem to be connected somehow by some common threads. And still, each story is refreshingly different. In the case of ‘Cut Like Wound’, midway through the book, I figured out the ending, but perhaps the author meant it to be that way…? Not sure
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
The resolution for 2015 was that I was going to clear my unread bookshelf of the books I'd purchased prior to 2014. Cut Like Wound, an impulsive purchase ad a bookstore in April 2013, was the first on the list.

A whodunit thriller with some good writing (I believe this is the author's first crime thriller, and she is a pretty renowned author for her fiction) set in Bangalore. It almost boils down to the point what Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson was (including the way the peop
Amitanshu Mishra
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I was highly impressed by Anita Nair's previous work, Ladies Coupe and so, I decided to give this book a shot. A serial killer with a peculiar modus operandi goes on a murdering spree across Bangalore and the protagonist, Inspector Gowda decides to hunt the killer down. The whole story unfolds at a good pace but some characters are not given enough space and justification. The plot is quick and intriguing but becomes dull in several places. Inspector Gowda isn't your regular super cop, which wor ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
An unlikely hero, his fresh-off-the-police-academy sidekick, a ruthless and corrupt Corporator and his ambiguously corrupt younger brother. These are some of the key characters in Anita Nair's debut crime/thriller novel. I have enjoyed Ms. Nair's books in the past and this was no exception. The plot is well thought out, the characters are well carved out and the premise is also interesting. I read it in almost one sitting. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 because the perpetrator seemed a bit obvious ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was a good holiday read. I am currently in Kerala and the author is from Kerala so it is fitting to read a local author. Anita Nair is better known for her more serious writing but this new adventure into crime writing must be fun for her, a total change to her normal genre. The main character Inspector Gowda is a tough rugged cop who brushes his co-workers up the wrong way with his method of policing.
Gowda lives in Bangalore and is determined to capture the serial killer in his area.
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though I did not think much of 'Ladies Coupe' and hence picked this book up merely because I liked the the idea of 'Inspector Gowda', I really enjoyed this book. This Bangalore noir tale, set in Shivajinagar and other areas, is as far away from Bangalore's mall culture as you can get, and the multiple narratives seem believable. Inspector Gowda is a Kannadiga version of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander, with a screwed up personal life and a drinking habit that may or may not become a problem. I ...more
Nimish Newatia
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good effort... But still i feel, India yet lacks in mystery..
And yet again.. while reading this one i felt i was watching some south-indian movie..

Writer had a lot, that could had been done.. but somehow she could not...

I am disappointed..
Bindu Manoj
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, totally!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my first book of the author and it’s a smooth read. I just wish I hadn’t guessed the suspense this early on with the book. I would definitely try Nair’s other works.
Rashmi Ananthakrishna
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cut like Wound was gifted to me by a friend and it turned out to be a great one. It is about a serial murder mystery and how Inspector Gowda with his sakkath sense solves it.

The plot of the novel is good. holds your attention till the end. I finished reading it in 2 days as it was very interesting. Coming to the characters, everyone in this story are likeable with different characteristics. At one point i felt what is the need of going into personal life of Inspector Gowda, his relationship with
Sairam Krishnan
I came to Anita Nair's much talked-about first Inspector Gowda book with a lot of expectation. And it has both been an enjoyable read as well as bit of a let-down.

I'll explain.

As a police investigation thriller, Cut Like Wound fares very well indeed. Well rounded, complicated, very detailed character studies make this novel come alive, and how. It's not just Gowda, even the villains have brilliant back-stories. You know why they are who they are.

But Cut Like Wound was also supposed to be a nove
Aparna Hari
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the author's writing style, as it kept me wanting to read more and more. I especially liked the characterisation of the protagonist - the author has done a great job building this character. By the end of the book, I really wanted to know more and read more about Inspector Gowda! However, the plot itself, was quite weak - the ending especially could have been much better. It was quite anticlimactic for a crime novel. The suspense did not hold its own till the end, and it was quite obviou ...more
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