Vicky Rai, the son of a high-profile Minister, has been shot dead by one of the guests at his own party. They are a glitzy bunch, but among them the police find six strange, displaced characters with a gun in their possession. each of them steaming with a secret motive.
India's wiliest investigative journalist, Arun Advani, makes it his mission to nail the murderer. In doing so, the amazing, tender and touching, techni-colour lives of six eccentric personalities unravel before our eyes. But can we trust Advani? Or does he have another agenda in mind...?
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I do not normally recommend crime novels more than 500 pages long, but I am making an exception with Vikas Swarup It's unusual, witty, quirkily, cleverly plotted, intelligent, and along the way it's an informative satire on Indian politics and values...a rollicking good read - Times
Gleeful, sneaky fun - New York Times
Fascinating, multi-voiced slice of Indian life across the castes with political corruption at its centre...a lovely, lovely book - Bookseller
A page-turner of a mystery - Waterstones' Quarterly
Neat, clever and loads and loads of fun - Daily Sport
Much to enjoy..the solution in the final pages is particularly cunning - Telegraph
Swarup has a redeeming eye for the disparites that define Indian society - Guardian
A Bollywood version of the board game Clue with a strain of screwball comedy thrown in. Its stock characters are easily identified: the Bureaucrat, the Actress, the Tribal, the Thief, the Politician and the American. Each attended the party at which a man named Vicky Rai, a playboy film producer, was murdered. Each has a gun and a motive. And although the story's geographical span is even bigger than India, the whole thing feels handily confined to the kind of isolated, air-tight setting that Agatha Christie's readers love.Thanks to such a schematic setup 'Six Suspects' is gleeful, sneaky fun. But it's also a much more freewheeling book than the format implies. Mr. Swarup, an Indian diplomat, brings a worldly range of attributes to his potentially simple story. And he winds up delivering a rambling critique of Indian culture, taking shots at everything from racism to reality TV. Yet Mr. Swarup's style stays light and playful, preferring to err on the side of broad high jinks rather than high seriousness...A refreshing oddity. It bears no resemblance to the cookie-cutter genre books of this season - New York Times
A teeming, beguiling Indian panorama wrapped in a clever whodunit. - Kirkus Reviews
A blockbuster of a story that begins with a murder, then delves into the lives and motives of the six suspects. The reader becomes intimately involved with each suspect while being treated to an eye-opening account of life in India (4 1/2 stars) - Romantic Times Book Reviews US
Vikas Swarup is a member of the Indian Foreign Service and Q&A is his first novel. An international sensation, it has been translated into over forty languages, and was recently made into the multiple Oscar-winning film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. His new novel Six Suspects is also available as a Black Swan paperback.
To find out more about Vikas Swarup, visit his website: www.vikasswarup.net