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The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian
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it was amazing
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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 to be disappointed.

I need not have worried…

The story starts in Angola and swiftly shifting to Kerala giving us a glimpse of diamond racketeering. Then the focus shifts onto the Head Office of Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2). A number of deaths within a short span among the employee ranks of GB2 break the calm. The seemingly normal deaths – suicide and road accident – seems just that till one person, and ex-employee turned journalist, digs deep and comes up with a theory that makes these deaths look not so random or natural. On the other hand there’s a social activist who may have more to his character than what it seems.

The plot is a multi-faceted, complicated web that manages to entangle its readers completely. There are three parallel stories going on that keep you in the loop with the complete picture yet successfully blind you from the main culprit. You will keep guessing and trying to work your way through. The story ties in a variety of industries, objects, locations and people with scoop on the banking industry, blood diamonds, social activists and what not. From murder to politics to racketeering to money laundering, this novel has it all with a top up of some very interesting characters. On one hand we have spicy characters like the present employees of Greater Boston Global Bank – Vikram, Zinaida, Tanuja and Indrani. On the other hand we have colourful characters like social activist Krishna & my favourite character - Journalist Karan.

The story is pretty fast paced and at no point does it give a chance to put down the book. There’s a sense of originality and the writing style of the author is smooth and easy to accept. It is not overly flowery or too internationalized. I really appreciated this book a bit more than I generally would have because my recent experience with Indian Writing in English is hasn’t been so good. I have been spotting way too many IIT/IIM campus stories with magnified superficialness, cheap sex and shallow emotions for my taste. This was really a refreshing experience in terms of plot, characterization, story build up and language. Mr.Subhramanian, if you happen to stumble upon this review and read it, Thank You for restoring my hope in IWE. I now have an option to read a good Indian thriller.

Ravi Subramanian has indeed delivered one of the best Indian Thriller of recent times. I will be sure to pick up his other books and I recommend that you do too.
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Reading Progress

November 7, 2012 – Started Reading
November 7, 2012 – Shelved
November 9, 2012 – Finished Reading
July 16, 2014 – Shelved as: books-i-own

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Ravi Subramanian Thanks Debdatta for calling THE BANKSTER one of the best Indian Thrillers of recent times. That comment made it worth the effort for me. Thank You. A rating of 4.5 is surely encouraging

Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws Ravi wrote: "Thanks Debdatta for calling THE BANKSTER one of the best Indian Thrillers of recent times. That comment made it worth the effort for me. Thank You. A rating of 4.5 is surely encouraging"

Thank You Mr.Subramanian for restoring my faith. Looking forward to read more from you.
And, all the best to your daughter as well - my niece was at your daughter's book launch :)

Ravi Subramanian oh.. thats nice.. whats her name?

message 4: by Bookish Indulgenges with (last edited Dec 03, 2012 12:08AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws Ravi wrote: "oh.. thats nice.. whats her name?"

Meghna Sen - the one on extreme right!

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