On the jacket:
A university is an institution for higher education and research. It can also be a place where academic brilliance leads to overinflated egos, bitter politics and finally, murder. Cirisha Narayanan, a professor at MIT Boston, who has risen meteorically, stumbles upon a cryptic message. Aditya Raisinghania, her banker husband, sets up a highly innovative financial hoax. Her profiteering father harvests Australia's largest bird, the emu in India. The US elections are on and the debate on gun control has reached a fever pitch. Set in Mumbai, Coimbatore and Boston, Ravi Subramanian creates an impeccably researched world where everyone has a motive to kill. Nothing is as it seems in this cunningly vicious thriller where the plot turns on a dime.
I have read all of Subramanian's previous books and I fancy myself to be a fan. So, this book was pre-ordered, though I finally got to read the book. And as expected, I was not disappointed.
With banking as the background of the plot, Bankerupt is every bit of a fast paced thriller. conspiracies, getting framed for crimes not committed, ruthlessness, there is no slow point in the book. Another thing I love about Subramanian's books are the titles. I mean, take something pretty boring as banking and make sure marvelous titles to go with equally entertaining plots!
Subramanian is a master craftsman, he knows what he is writing and does full justice to it. The narration of Bankerupt is smooth, with surprise coming up at the most unexpected points. The book begins at the point where Clinton is mulling over Gun Control act. Here on, the story goes on in three paralles tangents. First tangent is about an Indian, assistant professor at MIT and the academic world involved with the Gun lobbying in Boston. Parallely, the MIT professor's banker husband who is in Mumbai and his involvement with a shoe manufacturer. Thirdly, the MIT professor’s father who runs a business of bird farming in Coimbatore.
Talking more about the plot The author has kept the plot tight and smoothly glides from one section to the other. Having read this unputdownable thriller while I ceremoniously ignored my chores all of yesterday, I now wait for Subramanian's next!
[This is a personal read.]