Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. Seven years ago, Vivek "Vicky" Rai, the playboy son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered bartender Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi, simply because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vicky Rai has been killed at the party he was throwing to celebrate his acquittal.
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If a Martian sent a postcard from urban India after watching the country's highly competitive television channels, he might focus on its crime. A wealthy industrialist gets away after crushing people, asleep while he drove; an irate rich brat at a bar guns down an attractive hostess who refuses to serve him that last drink; or a Bollywood star shoots a rare animal and, when prosecuted, wonders what the fuss is all about.
Put these scandals — all real — together in one dislikeable character, Vicky Rai. Have him murdered, and create six suspects, each with a motive.
There's a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mohandas Gandhi, India's founding father; a US tourist who thinks he is about to marry a pen-friend, not knowing what lies ahead; an Onge tribesman who tries to recover a stolen relic; a superficial Bollywood sex goddess who quotes Sartre; a thief who steals mobile phones and finds himself mired in something bigger than he can handle; and a politician who will stoop as low as needed to conquer he is Rai's father.
If our Martian friend wrote all that, you might commend his grasp of a new language and his interest in an alien culture. Six Suspects does not need Hercule Poirot, because the crimes Swarup draws on are real, and he does not sufficiently fictionalise them to make them interesting. Shobhaa De, India's bestselling novelist, has documented the racy reality of its upper class for nearly two decades.
And Salman Rushdie magically transforms urban events into mythical drama. Six Suspects does none of this. And what about the six characters? They are in search of an author. They remain cardboard cut-outs. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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An Indian Agatha Christie 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. 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?
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T he Indian literary novel may be riding high, but there is such a shortage of crime fiction set in India's capital that Vikas Swarup can be considered a pioneer after producing this whopping book. Six Suspects attempts to expose the contract killing and fraud that bedevils Delhi. The plot is based on the murder of Jessica Lall, a model, in a bar in Here, the victim is Ruby Gill, a Gandhian scholar and bartender who is shot dead after she refuses to serve a notorious industrialist and movie producer. Vivek "Vicky" Rai has already run over pavement dwellers with his BMW and poached endangered blackbuck antelope.
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Seven years ago, Vivek "Vicky" Rai, the playboy son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered bartender Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi, simply because she refused to serve him a drink. The opening murder committed by Vicky Rai is similar to the Jessica Lal murder case in which the killer was Manu Sharma. Now Vicky Rai has been killed at the party he was throwing to celebrate his acquittal. The police recover six guests with guns in their possession: a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Gandhi; an American tourist infatuated with an Indian actress; a member of an ancient tribe on a quest to recover a sacred stone; a Bollywood sex symbol with a guilty secret; a mobile-phone thief who dreams big; and an ambitious politician prepared to stoop low. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
If a Martian sent a postcard from urban India after watching the country's highly competitive television channels, he might focus on its crime. A wealthy industrialist gets away after crushing people, asleep while he drove; an irate rich brat at a bar guns down an attractive hostess who refuses to serve him that last drink; or a Bollywood star shoots a rare animal and, when prosecuted, wonders what the fuss is all about. Put these scandals — all real — together in one dislikeable character, Vicky Rai. Have him murdered, and create six suspects, each with a motive.