Shashi Warrier was born in Kerala in 1959. He studied economics and did his MA from BITS, Pilani. He turned to writing after careers in consulting, journalism and computing. He is the author of several books, including Hangman's Journal, Sniper, Night of the Krait, The Homecoming, Sally and the Warlocks and Other Stories, and The Marblewood Forest. He has also written books for children-The Hidden Continent and Suzy's Gift.
Terrorists from the Free Kashmir Front hijack a coach on the Shatabdi Express with forty people, just outside Madras. A nephew of the defence minister is among the passengers. Within the first five minutes they have killed a railway guard and caused the authorities to panic. The Special Operations Force, a team of crack commandos from the Army, is called in to deal with the crisis. Heading the operation is Lieutenant Colonel Rajan Menon Raja who is soon convinced that these are not ordinary terrorists. They have the backing of a highly intelligent but crooked head. He dubs the ruthless genius the Krait. Raja leads his men in a brilliant rescue operation in Madras, but he knows this is only the opening gambit in a sinister plan devised by the terrorist mastermind; the Krait will strike again. And he realizes with dismay that the enemy might be one of them . . .