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 thousands of crores of rupees (hundreds of millions of dollars), these schemes would have to satisfy the fabled professor’s taste for elegant, thought-through designs; designs that ride on the motivations and vulnerabilities of intelligent but weak men.
My antagonists may not have Moriarty’s guile or panache, and my detectives may be intellectual pygmies before Holmes. Nevertheless, I am taking a shot (four shots, actually) at crafting credible stories of intelligent crimes in corporate India. I plan to write four novels, each set in a different industry.
FRAUDSTER (the first novel) is set in the banking world, INSIDER in the Indian stock market and SABOTEUR in the red-hot Indian eCommerce industry in Bangalore. CONSPIRATOR, the fourth novel is set in the world of fake news, paid news and tailored news – the media industry. It will be out in April 2018. After these, I plan to write a couple of domestic mysteries (whodunits).
About RV Raman
After a corporate career spanning three decades and four continents, I have 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