About My Corporate Thrillers

Surely, there must be men like Professor Moriarty in corporate India. They may not be such intellectual colossuses or consummate masters, but they would share some key traits with him – wile, ingenuity, drive and utter ruthlessness. And they would understand the psychology of temptation.

What kind of schemes would such men device? That is the question I seek to answer through my novels.

Apart from bringing in truckloads of money, these schemes would have to satisfy the fabled professor’s taste for elegant, water-tight designs; designs that ride on the motivations and vulnerabilities of intelligent but weak-minded men. My antagonists may not have Moriarty’s guile or panache, and my detectives may be intellectual pygmies before Holmes. Nevertheless, I have taken a shot (four shots, actually) at crafting credible stories of intelligent crimes in corporate India. Each of my four novels is set in a different industry.

FRAUDSTER is set in the banking world, INSIDER in the Indian stock market, SABOTEUR in the red-hot Indian eCommerce industry (Bangalore), and CONSPIRATOR in the world of fake news, paid news and tailored news – the media industry.

These corporate thrillers construct elaborate white-collar crimes that take advantage of gaping holes in corporate India’s control and governing mechanisms. Not surprisingly, these lead to murders and other ‘regular’ crimes. For the lay crime fiction reader, these novels are a blend of whodunits and thrillers – complete with clues, red herrings, deductions, misdirection and twists. For those who are interested in the intricacies of corporate India’s inner working, there is an additional layer of how high-stakes crime works in our business world.

About My Whodunits

After four corporate thrillers, I’ve turned to writing a series of murder mysteries (whodunits) with a new protagonist (Harith Athreya). The first of the series, A Will To Kill, will be out shortly. It is set in a colonial mansion in the misty hills of the Nilgiris. Needless to mention, murder strikes and there is no paucity of suspects or clues. I’ve tried to model these novels on the Golden Age Mysteries, while keeping them current with modern technology like mobile phones. And, as is the case with all my writing, I eschew vulgarity and profanity so that my stories are appropriate for readers of all ages. The only exception is the rare cuss-word that is used as an intensifier for emphasis.

Meanwhile, I am also experimenting with short stories (crime) set in contemporary India. Some of them (AMAVAS and GULSHAN PANDEY, UNWITTING ACCOMPLICE) are available on Amazon.

My Backstory

After a corporate career spanning three decades and four continents, I’ve moved away from full time roles to pursue my interest in teaching and writing. I now teach business strategy at an IIM, mentor young entrepreneurs, advise select clients and write. In an earlier avatar with global consulting firms, I advised companies, banks, regulators, stock exchanges, governments, etc. on matters of strategy and operations.

Tired of extensive physical travel, I now prefer less punishing mental excursions into fictional worlds of my own creation.


Articles and Interviews:

Thin Lines – Corporate Dossier (PDF)
Castles of Sand: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (PDF)
Corporate Criminal – Asian Age (PDF)
Crime Visits the Corporate Corridors (PDF)
Corporate India is Ideal for Crime Fiction

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  1. Hello Sir,

    I was reading the Corporate Dossier edition of 12th Sep from ET. The section on Thin lines on last page carrying your 5 stories. was really inspiring… It was a good reading.. It gave me some insight to my own situation that Iam in currently and I am sure it would have been so for other readers as well….

    Really appreciate the five unique experiences/ advise of yours

  2. Hello Sir,

    Just finished reading Fraudster. Very well written. I could not keep the book down and that made me cancel some of the plans made by my wife. ( Such a risk 🙂 ) but I truly enjoyed reading it.

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Bhushan

  3. Hello sir!! You are one of my favourite Authors.. I am eagerly waiting for Conspirator. However I would like to know if a kindle edition will be released if the same….

    • Dear Shraddha

      Thanks for writing in. Happy to hear that you like the books.

      Yes, the kindle version is usually released within a week or so of the paperback edition. That would be the case for CONSPIRATOR too. I’m not yet sure of the release dates, but I expect it be around March/April. If you happen to be following my FB Page (https://www.facebook.com/rvramanauthor/), you’ll get to know in advance. It will also be announced on this website.

      Thanks again. Happy reading.

      Best regards

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  4. lalita german almeida

    am trying to get your books after reading their review but am unable to get hold of the paper backs please let me know from where i can pick them . i want all of them.

  5. Dear Raman
    I have read your first three books but yet to lay my hands on conspirator. It is a shame i realised it only today that you had brought out your 4th. Placed an order in Amazon.in immediately. I am sure it will be equally a reading treat like your three earlier stories. I must admit you have this uncanny way of story telling in different genres. Each of your novels, albeit being mystery thriller, subtly exposes some of the lacunae in our system be it Bank, IT or detailing.

  6. Andrew Perkins, Leeds, UK

    Very interesting! A Will to Kill is the first mystery set in India that I’ve read. The setting is similar to rural England and the book is reminiscent of Agatha Christie. I’ll try some more in Indian detective fiction.

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