White-collar crime is not new to India. The scale is.
These are full-length novels set in corporate India that mirror reality – the high stakes, the beguiling temptations and the lucrative opportunities. This is a series of four ‘corporate thrillers’, each set in a different industry. The first (Fraudster) is set in the burgeoning banking industry, the second (Insider) in the stock market, and the third (Saboteur) in the super-charged e-commerce sector in Bangalore. The fourth (Conspirator) is about fake and paid news, and explores corruption stemming from the media-business-politics nexus.
What is common between these four stories is that they construct elaborate white-collar crimes that take advantage of gaping holes in corporate India’s control mechanisms. Not surprisingly, these lead to murders and other ‘run-of-the-mill’ crimes. For the lay crime fiction reader, these novels are a blend of whodunits and thrillers. For those who are interested in the intricacies of corporate India, there is the additional layer of how high-stakes crime works in the business world.
How far do these stories reflect reality? Gentle reader, you be the judge.