Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Review: The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

On the jacket:

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 ex-banker digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled on a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications - a secret that could destroy not only the bank but cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he is running out of time and must trust no one if he wants to stay alive and uncover the truth. 

In the racy build up to unraveling the mystery, stranger than fiction characters emerge, faith get shattered and ivory towers come crashing down. Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thought - till the day the truth within GB2 gets revealed. Is the banker at GB2 fast turning into a Bankster? Or was he always one? 

Spinning an intricate web of lies, deceit and treachery, bestselling author Ravi Subramanian is back. A master storyteller of financial crime, this is his most chilling thriller yet


I had never read Subramanian before, so when the opportunity came up, I wanted to. I was curious, what can be so good about his books. To be referred to as the Grisham of banking is no easy feat. I am an ardent Grisham fan and I know how much of intricacies his court room dramas delve into. So well, I got my hands on The Banker and the summary on the jacket seemed interesting. Now to test.

I was pleasantly surprised, the book surpassed all expectations. I am a little critical of new age Indian authors, personally. Not because they cannot write well, but so many have mushroomed in the last decade that it gets really difficult to lay hands on a real good read. Word of mouth has always proved to be disastrous for me. This time however, I got to read an excellent, fast-paced thriller. 

All on 358-pages, unravels a web of mystery linking a covert CIA agent, an anti-nuclear power plant protest in India and a series of death of a certain bank’s employees. I have read quite a few books where the author is dealing with parallel episodes and fails to link and transition to them, smoothly.

A page-turner with fantastic characters, the best part is that there wasn’t much of the banking mumbo-jumbo & jargon being used. I was initially apprehensive that I might not enjoy the book, and only bankers would, but I was wrong.

The only bit that was a *bit* difficult to digest, for me personally, was the press reporter, Karan, connecting the dots and solving the problem so swiftly. Yes, the author did indicate in his background that Karan can, still, it didn't convince me much. Another thing was where in the bit about Kerala, there was mention of elephant tusks but soon the story moves on to nuclear power plant problems. Over here, I was a bit confused and had to turn back a few pages to keep abreast with the proceedings of the story. 

Altogether, The Bankster in a masterpiece and one would want to keep reading it until they finished the story. I had a much interrupted reading, with the festival season going on, and would simply rush back to the book, as soon as my chores were done.

If you love thrillers, I suggest you go pick The Bankster from the stands immediately!

My rating: ****/5

Book  Source : BlogAdda
Genre : Thriller
Title: The Bankster
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Rupa Publications
ISBN: 978-81-291-2048-9
Number of Pages: 358
Price [INR] : 250

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