The best Indian crime fiction books

Anurag Anand Author Of To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by Fate
By Anurag Anand

Who am I?

Anurag Anand is a keen observer of humankind. He believes that the diversity of human emotions, motivations, and actions offer him a rich palette of tones to paint his stories with. He is the author of thirteen books across genres like self-help, historical fiction, crime thrillers, and contemporary fiction. Anurag’s works have been lauded for their realism, simplicity, and sharp characterization by readers across the spectrum. Of course, he is an avid reader and likes to remain abreast with the developments in the Indian writing space. He is a familiar face (and voice) in literature festivals, television debates and other related forums across the country.  

I wrote...

To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by Fate

By Anurag Anand,

Book cover of To Hell and Back: Not all Tragedies are Orchestrated by Fate

What is my book about?

A mindless road-rage incident leaves a young and promising entrepreneur dead. Is it an accident, or a cold-blooded murder, planned to absolute perfection? Namrata, a young professional, is enveloped by all the quintessential elements of life in the fast lane a staling marriage, an extramarital affair, and eyes full of dreams until a fun evening turns into a chilling nightmare for her. Renu, a girl living in a world marred by regressive customs and dated practices, has resigned to the patriarchal ways of her world, until they begin to cast their malicious shadows on her unborn child.

Their worlds, although separate, intersect each other in a single strike of tragedy that none could have imagined. Will they be able to get back to their safe and secure lives?

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If God was a Banker

By Ravi Subramanian,

Book cover of If God was a Banker

Why this book?

If God was a Banker is Ravi Subramanian’s debut book and my personal favorite among all his works. The story centers around a multinational bank in India and an array of exciting characters that make up its management cadre. A heady mix of aspirations, passions, jealousy, and alliances result in the characters pushing boundaries of convention and sometimes even legality. The twists and turns that consequently emerge make the book a gripping page-turner.

The Heist Artist

By Vish Dhamija,

Book cover of The Heist Artist

Why this book?

Vish’s writing provides true international flavours to Indian settings. The Heist Artist is a case in point that takes the readers from a plot to steal a Van Gogh painting, to the grimy underbelly of Uttar Pradesh politics. Vagh Pratap Singh, the protagonist, is a man with many shades and one can’t help but be intrigued by him as we slip into the story. The Heist Artist is a well-crafted story and a highly recommended read.

The Secret of the Stolen Idols

By Vivek R. Chaturvedi,

Book cover of The Secret of the Stolen Idols

Why this book?

The Secret of the Stolen Idols is Vivek’s debut novel, and it unravels as quite a surprise package. Lucid language, sharp characterization, and a pacy plot make it a story that lingers in your mind long after you are done reading the book. With his descriptions, Vivek brings to life a Goa that lies beyond the prying eyes of tourists, and one that is just as enchanting as its overt persona.

Only the Good Die Young

By Akash Verma,

Book cover of Only the Good Die Young

Why this book?

There are times when we think that we have successfully buried something in our past and it suddenly resurfaces and shocks us. But what if this ‘thing’ wreaks havoc with our lives and turns it topsy turvy? Only the Good Die Young is a taut and gripping sequel to Akash Verma’s thriller, You Never Know. The book unravels beautifully, quite like a web series playing out between the craftily stitched words.

8 Hours (Numbers)

By Upendra Namburi,

Book cover of 8 Hours (Numbers)

Why this book?

Born with a silver spoon, the protagonist of the story, Aratrika Reddy finds herself at the helm of affairs for a multi-million-dollar conglomerate at a very early age. The lack of experience is duly made up for by her enthusiasm and the zeal to leave a mark, until she finds herself at a crossroads where she has precisely eight hours to save her company from certain insolvency. With greed, treachery, and mistrust shaping the unexpected and exciting twists and turns in the plot, this one is a must-read. Especially for those looking for a glimpse into the winding corridors of power and the crafty and sly maneuvers that shape them. 

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