Kolkata has dressed up like a bride for the grand festival of Durga Puja. Amidst the festivities, a dramatic turn of events unfolds as a fugitive business baron, Durgacharan Mahesh is being extradited to India from Spain, transiting via Kolkata before reaching Mumbai. Three days before Durgacharan’s arrival, his brother-in-law, Vasudeva Patel, is found murdered, with the word ‘DEVI’ written in blood beside the body. This marks the beginning of a series of baffling and brutal crimes coinciding with each day of Durga Puja. On Maha Chaturthi, a precious jewel-studded conch belonging to a 260-year-old Durga idol gets stolen. On the subsequent days, more bodies emerge with a host of clues, prompting the police commissioner to launch an investigation along with his best men.
The victims harbour dark secrets. The clues twist and writhe and refuse to keep still. Meanwhile, the killer observes the investigation, knowing that they can’t be stopped. Mystery intensifies and reaches a crescendo just as the city erupts in joyous fervour and gets ready for Navami and Dashami.
How are all the victims linked? What is the strange connection of the murder weapons? Most importantly, who is DEVI? The answers lie in this edge-of-your-seat crime thriller that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax!
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by Prasun Roy
Rupa Publications India
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3 October 2023
Prasun Roy is a bestselling author of several books known for their compelling and engaging narrative style. Two of his fiction titles for young adults have been selected as supplementary reads for the students of DPS Vadodara. He has an exciting line-up of non-fiction titles to his credit, including biography, translation, history and mythology. His unique line-up of fiction titles deals with varied subgenres of mystery, paranormal, young-adult and thriller.
Prasun has delivered lectures on his research about unsung heroes at eminent institutions, like IIT Kanpur, Maharaja Sayajirao University (Vadodara), IIT Delhi in association with Indian History Awareness and Research, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Defense, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Rishihood University, All India Radio and the National Library. He has also delivered talks at prominent literary festivals.
A second-generation entrepreneur—with his family-owned business of pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing—Prasun lives with his family in Kolkata.