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The Bankster

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,744 ratings  ·  404 reviews
The uneasy calm in Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) is shattered when a series of murders rock the façade of the compliant and conforming bank that GB2 has built up over the years. Who is to blame? Who is driving these intriguing and bone chilling murders? What is the motive behind these gruesome killings? No one has a clue.

And when Karan Panjabi, a press reporter and an
Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 2012 by Rupa Publications (first published September 26th 2012)
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Ashish Iyer
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This the first book i have read written by Ravi Subramanian. The plot, twists, suspense and the thoughts author puts along the storyline is amazing. I felt the use of conversations including words with Hindi and English together is kind of awkward. Many times, Hindi slang's are used which are totally unnecessary. The characters are well thought and well built. Some of the parts are closer to life and seems real. The second half of it is even better. The author has a captivating style of writing ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Years back when I began my career in banking domain, this is one of the diagrams which showed to us to explain the process of Money laundering;


While listening to that induction lecture, I felt it’s such an easy process; which a layman can easily point of… but as the days passed I understood the complexity of the process and even the so called experts in the field of Anti-money laundering (AML) can’t even figure it out easily.

Here we have Ravi, who with his ex
Reshmi Pillai
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
He is called the John Grisham of Banking and he is back! Ravi Subramanian continues his dream run with banking chronicles, in yet another unputdownable financial thriller, this time in the form of The Bankster. Repeating some characters from the earlier books and introducing a few new ones, adopting a changed style of narration with three parallel stories and linking it to a current affair – nuclear damage – Ravi comes up with a cracker of a plot and a total racer. Full review: hhttp://thetalesp ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is so gripping. I enjoyed reading it. The more I read, the harder it got to put it down. The plot, suspense and twist are really amazing.
There are so many parts that are relatable.
As the story processes it gets better and better.
The story revolves around topics corporate life, corruption and money laundering.
Karan (protagonist) enters quite late in the book. He's wits are really good.
The only drawback for me was the usage of Hindi Slangs repeatedly.
Vikas Singh
Thriller lovers! You can't not-read The Bankster

Well, first of all my gratitude towards BlogAdda to provide me the opportunity to review this book.


Ravi Subramanian, as remarked, is the John Grisham of Banking thriller genre, and not wrongly. And The Bankster conforms to all the banking and thriller standards in its story lineup.


The most likable fact of this novel is that all major characters are given their fair share of development and face value. This thing is
Shilpa Garg
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The author, Ravi Subramanian has two decades of work experience in financial services industry. He is the author of If God was a Banker, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, The Bankster is his fourth fiction.

While, I have heard a lot about If God was a Banker, The Bankster is the first book that I have read of the author. The cover page has a quote from The Wall Street Journal which says, “Meet the John Grisham of banking’. Now, I am a huge fan of John Grisham who is a lawyer and is kno
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4.5 Stars

The book cover said, “Meet the John Grisham of Banking – Wall Street Journal.” That put me on alert mode immediately because I love John Grisham. He is THE BEST when it comes to legal thrillers. So obviously the quote on the cover raised my expectation from the book and at the same time it also made me a bit vary. I haven’t read any of his previous books and so I kept wondering whether it would really be that good? I have to admit that I dilly-dallied a bit only because I did not want t
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Simply awful. Could not get past the terrible writing at all! In my opinion, not worth a read.
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian
First of all, before i say anything.. Ravi Subramanian has surpasses my expectations; though it has some flaws. Being a crime-fiction lover, this book saviors me well.. and that too from Indian author.

what this book has to offer- Since it is by indian author so first is CORRUPTION, BUREAUCRACY, DOUBLE STANDARDS NGOS, PROTESTS, Crime, Fiction, Mysteries, Money laundering, Banking so called ethics, corporate reality, dysfunctional HRD, spineless Managers last but not least Vienna

This book offers
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the first things that forced me to pick up the book was its title: "The Bankster". Not a banker, but bankster. The title illustrated that the book would promise intrigue. With strong elements of a thriller such as a racy narrative style, three parallel subplots and a financial scam, the author once again emerges with a winner. The banking industry operates with the mandate of trust and this book illustrates how trust can be shattered and people can be treated like statistics as we are int ...more
Kriti Jain
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written ! The plot might seem a little implausible at places, but it keeps you going! Keeps you transfixed till the end....
Neeleisch G
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book depicts the internal politics and hatred of the International Bank situated in Mumbai, India.
It revolves around the forgeries in a reputed banks' daily routines, an international connections in between the bank and the mafia, a murder of an honest bank employee, lust and deceit.

Author Ravi Subramanian narrates all the happenings in a very audaciously, but the plot of the story is vary powerful and on top of that the criminal investigation done by an ex bank employee and now a newspaper
Pallavi Kamat
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Bankster starts off on an interesting premise. A man – Joseph Braganza – is about to obtain diamonds in exchange for arms at a remote location in Angola, South Africa. From there, the story moves to Devikulam, a place near Thekkady, Kerala, where Krishna Menon and his wife Sulochana run a home-stay. Finally, we enter the Head Office of Greater Boston Global Bank at Mumbai; where we are introduced to its myriad characters – Vikram, Tanuja , Nikhil, Anand, Harshita, Zinaida, Pranesh, Raymond, ...more
Meena Bhatnagar
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is around 350 pages and has a nice, sleek look. The book feels good in your hands, with a little bit of texture on the cover.

The plot has three parallels - a CIA operative shrouded in mystery; an elderly gentleman who runs a resort in Kerala with his stand on a nuclear reactor planned in the area; and an inside look at the corporate politics and unabashedly selfish characters in a global bank.

Till the 160th page one really wonders who the protagonist in the book actually is. The plot,
Sneha Nair
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
TO begin with, "jo jaisa dikhta hai, vaisa hota nahi" :D is the only thing I can say about this book. 2nd book of Ravi Subramaniam which I read in this month (just finished "If God...." by this month start), I would like to say that you truly are a remarkable author. I would like to refer this book to any one who truly wants to see talent in Indian authors, Simple yet a great page turner.A true peek into banking world, myself belonging to a finance sector can truly relate to lot of things said i ...more
Vinay Leo
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story delivers on thrill, that's what I feel. I was let down in that Karan Panjabi doesn't make an appearance till late in the book, when I expect him to be at the forefront after the description. But it has all the makings of a fine thriller. One of my favorite books of 2012, and I'm thankful to have gotten a copy for review, though not signed. ...more
Seumas Gallacher
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
the story line is thought out well enough, and the narrative leads nicely through to the finale.... I think the author could usefully have some editing advice, which would greatly enhance an already good tale .. the characterisations are good, and the deviance of the criminal elements highly credible...
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As far as thrillers go, this is quite a good one. Especially among the ones that were written by an Indian author. But you might suffer a little fatigue if you have already read a couple of Ravi Subramanian's works, especially his Bankerupt. Otherwise, go for it!
Actual rating: 3.75 stars.
Jaideep Khanduja
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Book Review: Bankster By Ravi Subramanian: An Excellently Woven Murder Mystery

This is not the first book from Ravi Subramanian. He already has four hits in his pocket. This is his fifth in a row that is going to add in the same series of his hits. It was quite exhaustive and beautifully driven concept. A depth in the subject and clarity of mind is quite visible. Author has been a core banker and hence knows ins and outs of the processes and flaws of bankin
Siddharth Gupta
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Intricate detailing is what makes a thriller what it is. The Bankster is beyond the usual suspense thriller. Veering with multiple scenarios playing at our simultaneously, it makes for a fabulous read, especially in India’s emerging culture which is exponentially rising into the corporate lifestyle. The subtle, yet commonly gossiped about fact that powerful corporate houses run the nation is well weaved into the plot as Mr. Subramanian takes you on a simple, yet enthralling ride

This 358 paged no
Ravi Subramanian, is actually a banker, but he prefers to call himself the John Grishman of banking. With books revolving around life in the banking industry such as The Incredible Banker, If God was a Banker and Devil in Pinstripes, I guess he can term himself that. After all, bankers are also good marketeers. :D

THE plot is layered and multi-dimensional, yet interlinked. What is more, the plot deals with real life incidents, but in a fictional setting, this is what makes the book very interesti
At first sight: A man with a briefcase on the cover page, a Mr. Walker look-alike in silhouette. Nah! he is not our hero… he is the villain, the title of the book with the suffix -ster as in gangster, directs you to make that assumption. No ordinary ruffian, but a sophisticated villain in high places and positions, highly paid….. it is misleading because the novel is about villains not one, but a set of devious minds located at different parts of the world, operating with fake names, and cheatin ...more
Vibina Venugopal
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The dedication page of the book says "To all the banksters out there, playing a game with customer's trust" ,I knew there would something unique about the book and I was on a power packed thriller right from the beginning..The novel begins in Angola in the diamond mine alluring people into the trap of big money in less time swirling around but then suddenly the novel comes down to Kerala with an alleged reports of Ivory smuggling, then swiftly turns to Mumbai in a Bank office of GB2 with Vikram ...more
Senthilkumar Rajappan
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Bankster unravels the intricate banking system and how a few cunning people can beat it smart. The characters in the story are pretty much like you and me. You will relate to them if you had visited a bank so much for the identifying part of this.

The web of complexities and an unsusual turn of events at a multinational bank makes for an interesting reading. Very fast paced and close to life, next door characters, this is the story of human weakness, that of manipulating relationships even wh
Ankit Mahato
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Angola, a covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamond.
In Kerala, an elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfil a promise made to a dying son.
In Mumbai, an international bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees.
These three lines written on the back cover were sufficient to raise my curiosity in 'The Bankster' written by Ravi Subramanian.

It is a fast paced thriller with interwoven stories involving some of the most intricate characters. The primary
Manikanta Avinash
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
I bought the book hoping it would be like another corporate thriller I read some-time back called Hickory Dickory Shock by another Indian author which I quite liked. But when I saw that he also wrote a book called "I bought the Ferrari the monk sold" I became skeptical that maybe he is just another sensationalist writer.
He turns out to be so though he is not that bad a writer. While the author is definitely a more than decent writer, the cover and description is highly misleading.It is suppose
Amit Si
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ravi Subramanian has been eulogized by the Wall Street Journal as the John Grisham of banking. And as you devour this gripping, intensely thrilling masterpiece, you will have no option but to agree.

To writing links together an anti-nuclear protest-gone-wrong in Kerala, and dubious diamond trading in Europe and Africa, with the day to day running and nefarious activities of an MNC bank's Bandra branch; and he has done a splendid job at that.

The prologue sets the tone and the mood for the entire b
Nov 11, 2012 rated it liked it
With three best selling thrillers on banking already in his kitty, Ravi Subramanian continues to keep the readers on the very edge with this Bank lore. To be honest, I have never read Ravi Subramanian before so I did not know what cracker of a plot was awaiting me!! But now after reading this financial thriller, I intend to visit each of his reads...

So the plot kick offs in Angola where a covert CIA agent seals off an arms deal in lieu of blood diamonds. The author then takes us to an episode in
S.V. Divvaakar
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-authors
This is my first review of an Indian author's latest book.The 4-stars rating must be read from a 'best in class' angle, with the competitive universe being the world of Indian fiction writing. I have read all of Ravi's books except the Ferrari, and I loved the Incredible Banker most among them all. I picked up the Bankster recently and finished it in 2 sittings. Ravi has tried to come out of his comfort zone by bringing in the Devikulam nuclear plant issue into the purely banker's domain. I coul ...more
Ritesh Bhagwati
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I can't think of writing much about this book at the very moment, I just finished reading this one.
To be straight to the point no doubt this book has been very well written. When I say very well written doesn't necessarily mean that there are no flaws in this book. What irked me was the length of this book. I mean book like this could have been made much more concise rather than making it 358 pages one. I think minus the 58 pages and story related throughout the "Devikullam" episode should have
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Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India.
He is the award winning author of eight bestselling books :

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