HOW DO YOU FIGHT A DEADLY, UNEQUAL BATTLE AND STILL STAY ALIVE?
In the early 1990s, when the underworld dominated every sphere of life, Prakash, a rookie customs officer, gets transferred to Dapoli, a remote station on the west coast of India.
Inexperienced Prakash is soon pitted against the ruthless organization of Salim, an underworld don and smuggler operating from Dubai. Serendipitously, Prakash foils a few operations of Salim, and soon there are cracks in the vast, well-oiled machinery of the gangsters. The vengeful Don now wants Prakash dead.
A conflict that seems one-sided begins to even out as a motley crew that includes Shelley, Prakash’s college crush; Kabir, an upright and adventurous police officer; and a few of Prakash’s lieutenants rally behind Prakash. Salim’s actress girlfriend, Shabnam, infatuated by Prakash’s ideals, also breaks rank. They form the ‘Howling Hounds’, hunting Salim’s operatives in India. Salim expected a conventional retaliation from them, but the fun-loving friends opted to break the rules, bureaucratic procedures and ideals to spring a surprising trap on Salim.
Hour of the Hounds
Rupa Publications India
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3 October 2023
Roopam Kapoor is a senior officer in customs and indirect taxes. He did his graduation and postgraduation in English Literature from Delhi University. After joining the civil services, he worked in various positions, including anti-smuggling formations and tax enforcement wings. Having worked in the border areas of India’s west coast, he has closely observed the rise and fall of organized criminal gangs in the 1990s. He is also a keen trekker and photographer. This is his debut novel.