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35 Best Thriller Novels By Indian Authors | “A Must Read List” – 2018

You probably must have enjoyed watching thriller movies,TV Shows etc but have you read the Best Thriller Novels by Indian Authors ?
There are many amazing Indian fiction authors who have written many successful and best selling thriller novels in the recent times.
But here we have picked up some of the best psychological thrillers, crime, and mysteries novels written by Indian Authors which will surely keep you glued till the end.

So These Are The Top 35 Thriller Novels By Indian Authors [Updated 2018]

#1 Black Suits You - By Novoneel Chakraborty

Twenty-seven-year-old Kiyan Roy is the reclusive author of the bestselling erotica trilogy, Handcuffs. When he appears in public for the first time to promote his books, his readers fall in love with his good looks and wit. However, one of them gets too close. Kiyan is followed and seduced by a mysterious girl who pursues him across cities, book events, hotels, luncheons and media interviews. Soon, he becomes obsessed by her and falls for her charms. As Kiyan gets sucked deeper and deeper into this dark and twisted love affair, he is forced to surrender all control. His life and career slowly begin to unravel as this girl leads him down a dangerous path. But is it already too late to rectify his mistakes? Will the path to desire end in doom? Black Suits You is a gripping, fast-paced and a clever psychosexual thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

#2 EX..A Twisted Love Story - By Novoneel Chakraborty

Twenty-seven-year-old Kiyan Roy is the reclusive author of the bestselling erotica trilogy, Handcuffs. When he appears in public for the first time to promote his books, his readers fall in love with his good looks and wit. However, one of them gets too close. Kiyan is followed and seduced by a mysterious girl who pursues him across cities, book events, hotels, luncheons and media interviews. Soon, he becomes obsessed by her and falls for her charms. As Kiyan gets sucked deeper and deeper into this dark and twisted love affair, he is forced to surrender all control. His life and career slowly begin to unravel as this girl leads him down a dangerous path. But is it already too late to rectify his mistakes? Will the path to desire end in doom? Black Suits You is a gripping, fast-paced and a clever psychosexual thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

#3 The Girl of My Dreams - By Durjoy Datta

We are in the car. She’s looking at me. I can see the love in her eyes for me. Then a huge crash. She’s flung out of the window. I’m thrown out too. A pool of blood. Her eyes are still on me… but now it’s a death stare. I am Daman and I wake up to this nightmare. Every. Single. Day. Waking up from a long coma, Daman learns that he was in a massive car crash with a girl who vanished soon after the accident, leaving him for dead. Strangely, all he remembers is a hazy face, her hypnotic eyes, and her name—Shreyasi. To come to terms with his memory lapse he starts piecing together stories about himself and Shreyasi from his dreams, which he then turns into a hugely popular blog. When he’s offered a lucrative publishing deal to convert his blog pieces into a novel, he signs up immediately. However, he gives in to editorial pressure and agrees to corrupt the original edgy character of Shreyasi. Big mistake. From then on Daman is stalked and threatened by a terrifying beauty who claims to be Shreyasi and who will stop at nothing to make him pay for being a sell-out. Before Daman fights back, he needs to know: Is she really who she claims to be? What does she want from him now? What if he doesn’t do what she wants him to? The Girl of My Dreams is definitely not your usual love story

#4 Marry Me, Stranger (Part 1 of Stranger trilogy) - By Novoneel Chakraborty

Rivanah Bannerjee is just another independent young woman who like other career centric women has a happening life. Her parents love her a lot and are open and liberal. Her boyfriend is full of love and admires her beauty. Plus, she is intelligent and has a promising career. Everything looks set for a ‘happy life’ until the entry of a ‘stranger’ in her life. This stranger is following her quietly and knows a lot of about her. He does not have a face or a voice but has an invitation which could destroy Rivanah’s happy life. Rivanah initially thought that the stranger might be secret admirer or an obsessed lover but very soon she realizes that this stranger is more than that. Can Rivanah curtail the advances of this stranger? Can police catch this intruder? Or is the stranger a result of her unforgettable past life? Set in the tinsel town of Mumbai, the novel is a gripping tale of revelations, dark past deeds and the undying attitude of not letting go.

#5 All Yours, Stranger (Part 2 of Stranger trilogy) - By Novoneel Chakraborty

All Yours, Stranger’ is the 2nd part of the Stranger trilogy series, by Novoneel Chakraborty. The plot spins around Rivanah Bannerjee, who is from Kolkata, trying to get a grip on the typical Mumbai life. She has a wonderful boyfriend, yet is obsessed with thinking about her ex-boyfriend. Although he cheated on her, she is ready to overlook that fact. The Stranger is nowhere to be found ever since the police started to hunt for him, though it has been an unsuccessful attempt. The questions that Rivanah wants an answer for, in this mystery allegory are; Who really is this stranger? What is his purpose of coming into Rivanah’s life? Will he ever be able to contact her again? These types of questions have been troubling Rivanah continuously. Indifferent about the mystery surrounding this guy, she frantically wants the stranger back into her life. As the story further unfolds, the true facts that come to light are far from what Rivanah could ever imagine. The story has a vicious and cruel plot with many mysteries unfolding themselves, as the reader divulges further into this tale. This gripping plot has the knack to make the reader bite his or her nails till the very last leaf of the book.

#6 Forget Me Not, Stranger (Part 3 of Stranger trilogy) - By Novoneel Chakraborty

This third and final book in the trilogy, ‘Forget Me Not, Stranger’ is a book that highlights the main character Rivanah’s life as you unravel mysteries from the edge of your seat. Rivanah is being chased by a person who is unknown to her. She suspects it to be a ghost, a person, a friend, or is it just a crazy hallucination? Fearful of her own safety, she is feeling tormented due to the fact that the identity is unknown. Make way with Rivanah as she contemplates her life Rivanah has a screwed up love life which is anything but stable. Rivanah is living in a big city away from her parents. She is harmless in nature just like any other typical girl. But her entire life has turned upside down ever since she is being chased by a mystery man, whose identity is hidden. She closely contemplates on many aspects of her life and finds answers to her questions. Seek Answers to Rivanah’s questions and dig deep into the suspense Rivanah will finally learn the answers to many of her horrific questions. She asks, “What is that force which binds her to the dead Hiya?” Moreover, the most important question still remains, ‘Who is the stranger and why is he following her?’ The book has all the answers. The answers will bring to light an intense and mysterious climax that is surely going to take your breath away. As Kiyan gets sucked deeper and deeper into this dark and twisted love affair, he is forced to surrender all control. His life and career slowly begin to unravel as this girl leads him down a dangerous path. But is it already too late to rectify his mistakes? Will the path to desire end in doom? Black Suits You is a gripping, fast-paced and a clever psychosexual thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

#7 If It's Not Forever - By Durjoy Datta and Nikita Singh

When Deb, an author and publisher, survives the bomb blasts at Chandni Chowk, he knows his life is nothing short of a miracle. And though he escapes with minor injuries, he is haunted by that unfortunate day.His feet take him to where the blasts took place. From the burnt remains he discovers a diary. It seems to belong to a dead man who was deeply in love with a girl. As he reads the heartbreaking narrative, he knows that this story must never be left incomplete. Thus begins Deb’s journey with his girlfriend, Avantika and his best friend, Shrey, to hand over the diary to the man’s beloved.

#8 Murder in a Minute - By Shouvik Bhattacharya

When a young woman is found lifeless in a pool of her own blood, everyone is convinced that it is her college sweetheart who murdered her. The victim’s step-brothers, Rishabh and Arya,embark on a journey to unearth the truth, a journey riddled with fallacies and conspiracies, planted intentionally. What connection is there between a missing blue envelope, a misplaced sweater and stray footprints in a room. Could those people they thought they knew so well be hiding dark secrets about their past? Or did their dead sister have more to hide than they imagined?

#9 Forever is a Lie - By Novoneel Chakraborty

The best thing happened to her, but in the worst way possible . . Prisha Srivastav turned eighteen two months back. Hailing from Faridabad, she studies mass communication in Bengaluru. She meets a mysterious man, double her age, who goes by the name ‘the mean monster’ in the Bengaluru party circuit. Intrigued, she pursues him and falls for him. However, there’s a problem. Prisha doesn’t know he kills the one who loves him. Literally. From the master of twists, Novoneel Chakraborty, comes another beguiling tale of dark romance and thrill that won’t let you put the book down till the last page.

#10 Forever is a True - By Novoneel Chakraborty

Six months have passed since Prisha was pushed to death by the person she loved the most, Saveer. But she doesn’t believes that it was him till she stumbles upon the first clue to the mystery that Saveer is, which leads her to his twisted past: he is not who he says he is. Forever is True is a riveting thriller exposing the deadly limits that a person can go to because of a ruined childhood.

#11 Seduced by Murder - By Saurbh Katyal

When detective Vishal Bajaj receives a call from his old flame Aditi, he is seduced into a vortex of family lies and a murder. Vishal sets out to catch the murderer, while dealing with the resurgence of an irresistible desire for Aditi that he had buried years ago. Vishal is a witty, hard drinking, tough private detective who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty as he races against time to catch a meticulous killer. Seduced by Murder weaves a web of noir and suspense that keeps the reader riveted and guessing till the end.

#12 Here Falls the Shadow - By Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

THINK OF YOUR SINS. PREPARE TO DIE. On the edge of the forests of Deoghar, in the sleepy little town of Nimdeora, novelist Sangram Talukdar’s peaceful life is unexpectedly shattered when he receives an anonymous death threat. At first, he dismisses it as a cruel joke. But when two of the family’s beloved dogs, guardians of the estate, are found killed with a clean, swift arrow to each of their throats, Talukdar calls in the astute detective Janardan Maity to investigate. To uncover the dark secrets of this quiet town, Maity must dig deep into the past – into the Talukdar family’s bloody history, and a dreaded curse that has haunted the family for generations. But he must act quickly, because someone, or something, is lurking in the shadows of the forest, watching, waiting to claim their prey…

#13 I Wish I Had Not Married My Love - By Ashish Roy

Madhav, an upright man, is charged with sexual harassment by his colleague. The inquiry committee is headed by his wife Aakarsha who pronounces him guilty after evaluating all facts and witnesses. Mohit, Madhav’s best friend, is shocked to hear this and decides to meet Madhav and Aakarsha to find out the truth. But fate has other plans. The next morning, news channels flash the terrible news of Madhav’s suicide. Aakarsha breaks down but Mohit decides to investigate the case and uncover the truth! Will Mohit be able to convince Aakarsha about Madhav’s innocence or will she remain blinded by the facts of the case?

#14 Unlawful Justice - By Vish Dhamija

Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help. Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.

#15 Penumbra - By Bhaskar Chattopadhya

In the middle of one of the worst storms to hit the city, a mysterious letter arrives for Prakash Ray, an out-of-luck journalist, inviting him to a quaint, suburban bungalow, to celebrate the 60th birthday of an uncle he has never heard of.. As Prakash reaches the venue, he is introduced to a motley group of people, all gathered there for the old man’s big day: his son, his reticent brother, a dignified middle-aged lady who once owned the bungalow, a listless lawyer who manages his legal affairs, a mild-mannered young man who works as his secretary, his beautiful, young biographer, and his mysterious friend, who has never lost a game of chess to him. As the storm lashes on through the night, one of the people in the bungalow is murdered! In a game of cat and mouse that follows, Prakash soon finds out that under the surface of apparent warmth and friendliness, nothing is as it seems and that the bungalow holds one shocking secret after another! In a bid to save his own life, Prakash hunts for the truth, which lies in a mysterious penumbra of shadows and lights, covered in a sheath of deceit and guile, only to realize that the worst is yet to come!

#16 Nothing Lasts Forever - By Vish Dhamija

When Inspector Michael D`Cunha is called in to investigate a fire incident in Mumbai’s posh Worli Sea Face apartment, where Raaj Kumar has died, he is convinced it is arson not an accident – either for insurances or an adulterous relationship gone sour. But Raaj’s wife Serena is out of the country and the suspected other woman Kim has more alibis than he can count.A close friend of Raaj dies, in mysterious circumstances, soon after. But it’s only when the Bombay Stock Exchange nosedives the police start digging old graves. Love, deception, murder, suspense – Nothing Lasts Forever!

#17 3 and a Half Murders - Salil Desai

Two corpses . . . a woman lying dead on her bed, a man hanging from the ceiling fan. A suicide note cum murder confession. And a name . . . Shaunak Sodhi. When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play. What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery. As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba.And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger . . . Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder . . .?

#18 Patang - By Bhaskar Chattopadhya

I hate the rain…I hate it, hate it, hate it. But the rain can’t stop me. No one can…I’ll go out and play tonight. I will kill only four. No more, no less. Just four.’ In the midst of one of the worst monsoons in Mumbai, a man is found brutally murdered, his body posed like a kite on the tallest cell tower in the city. As one corpse after another turns up in the unlikeliest of places, each gruesomely killed and carefully arranged in a grotesque manner, the Mumbai Police realize they have more on their hands than they can deal with. Enter Chandrakant Rathod, a maverick investigator the police turn to in times of need, who plays by his own rules and lives for the thrill of the chase. Pitting his sharp instincts against the machinations of the sadistic, ruthless killer, the detective succeeds in nabbing the psychopath and putting him behind bars. Then, three months later, the killings begin again. A deadly game is afoot – a game that will challenge Rathod to the utmost, for it is a game that he cannot hope to win…

#19 The Front Page Murders - By Puja Changoiwala

It takes a fearless mind to harbor such a dark heart, a heart that knows no nobility, no apology… Mumbai, April 2012. The gruesome murder of a senior citizen in a wealthy Mumbai neighbourhood leads the city’s Crime Branch to unearth several half-naked, mutilated and dismembered bodies rotting in the ravines of the Western Ghats on the outskirts of the city. A trail of missing suspects, a lethal honey-trap, and unexpected links with Mumbai’s film industry and the underworld, brings the investigators – and the press, ever hungry for breaking news – to Vijay Palande, a cold-blooded killer equipped with the sophistication of Charles Sobhraj, the manipulative genius of Ted Bundy and the cruelty of Jack the Ripper. In The Front Page Murders, Puja Changoiwala, who covered the incidents as they unfolded, recounts in gripping detail the story behind the sensational case of multiple murders that shocked the country. Startling and intensely sobering by turns, her compelling narrative explores not just the murky depths of a serial killer’s mind but, tellingly, the media’s frenzy for a juicy story and the insatiable human appetite for horror. · A behind-the-scenes look at the investigation into one of the most sensational criminal cases in India’s recent history – the multiple murders committed by Vijay Palande with his partner Simran Sood – by a young Hindustan Times journalist who followed the case closely. · Written with the pace and suspense of the best crime thrillers. · A never-seen-before look into the world of journalists on the crime beat, how police investigations are conducted, and how Indian courts function. · Insights into the mind of a serial killer.

#20 Shot, Down - By Vivek Rao

A software mogul gears up to launch a revolutionary surveillance system. A terrorist mastermind prepares to wage war against the Indian state. A young man is found dead under suspicious circumstances. One morning, the body of a young man is found by the railway tracks, battered and bruised. He is soon identified as software engineer Vishal Deshmukh, aka Shot, by his estranged elder brother, Ajay. However, the circumstances surrounding his death remain murky, especially when the autopsy throws up traces of hard liquor and cocaine in his blood. When a distraught Ajay notices strange injuries on Shot’s hands, it leads him to believe that his brother was tortured and killed, but his pleas of help are ignored by the police as well as the hospital authorities. As he starts to dig deeper, he unravels a terrifying conspiracy that has deadly implications for the country. Racing against time, Ajay must piece together the final days of Shot’s life to find the killers .. before they find him.

#21 The Girl Who Loved A Spy - By Kulpreet Yadav

“Everyone is imperfect and everyone deserves to be loved.” It all starts when Andy Karan is asked by Monica, his boss at the ‘New Delhi Today’ magazine, to investigate the murder of a lawyer. As Andy is sucked deeper, he discovers a shocking connection between organized crime and desperate businessmen. As a part of the secret organization called ‘The List,’ which does all the government’s dirty work, Andy has been working undercover for the Indian Intelligence Service ever since he left the army, a fact not known to Monica. Risking his life and wading through political twists, human redemption, and tangled conspiracies, Andy finds himself pitched against a dirty bomb in the hands of the enemy. It’s not that Andy wants to live forever, but this is one case he can’t afford to lose. Not just for truth but, for the first time in his life, for love.

#22 The Disappearance of Sally Sequeira - By Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

The waves still crashed against the rocks. The moon still bathed the sandy beach with its light. And the piano still played on. But, amidst all this, just like that, Sally Sequeira had disappeared. With its pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters, the picturesque hamlet of Movim in Goa seems like the perfect holiday spot for detective Janardan Maity and his friend Prakash Ray. But when the father of a local teenage girl receives a letter asking for a large sum of money in exchange for his daughter, Maity and Prakash find themselves in the thick of an unlikely mystery. For, they discover, the girl has not been kidnapped at all, and is safe and sound in her house. As they begin to investigate, the duo encounter the mysterious characters who inhabit the tiny village, each hiding a secret of their own – not least the frail and shy Sally Sequeira, who keeps to herself but steps out at night to dance to the notes of a piano. What truth does Movim hide? And how will Janardan Maity solve a crime that has not yet been committed?

#23 A Bride, A Murder & A Trail of Blood - By Laxmi Natraj

A newly married bride starting her life in a modern neighborhood is spotted with bruises and wounds by almost everyone, clearly pointing to a dark case of of domestic violence. When the flat is discovered with blood spills and visible signs of violence in the house, there is an obvious possibility of a brutal attack or even a murder of the bride. Both the bride and husband Professor are missing. As the police investigate further, evidence piles up against the professor, the accused is found finally, But he shocks the police by saying that he was never ever married to any girl. The story twists and turns with heated arguments of court scenes where the defence and the prosecution collide head along to prove their point. As the reader almost decides that the story has concluded, a blast from the past of the Professor unfolds, revealing the darkest side of the Professor and more skeletons tumble down from the closet. The reader enjoy a roller-coaster ride of a series of shocking, and spine-chilling revelations, that will have your glued till the last page of the novel

#24 Trust Me Not - By Ankita Verma Datta

“An excellent account of today’s cut-throat world, told through an intense love story. The complexity of the characters and the story keeps you riveted until the unexpected end.” – Madhur Bhandarkar. Rising corporate star Reeva Rai is offered a prestigious position in a top-notch PR agency. It is the opportunity of a lifetime. But working with Enigmatic Billionaire Kunaal Kabi was not going to be easy. Even as she develops feelings for him, she is determined to prove herself. But when an activist friend turns to her for help with a real-estate scam, Reeva has to make a high-stakes choice. Can she retain the credibility of her prominent clients while helping hundreds save their homes? As she digs deeper to find solutions, a nefarious scheme unravels with unexpected connections. A no-holds-barred race ensues, blood is drawn and Reeva is trapped in the eye of a political thunderstorm. If she succeeds, powerful people will have much to answer.

#25 In the Shadows of Death - By Sourabh Mukherjee

Sheetal Mehra, HR executive with Crescent Technologies, is found murdered in the toilet of a Kolkata hotel after an office party. ACP Agni Mitra finds out about her adulterous ways as he starts investigating into the murder. The miffed husband, a lecherous boss, one of her many jilted admirers – anyone could have killed her. The investigation is stuck in myriad perplexing questions when the murder of Meenakshi Menon, a Director with Altius Finance, hits the headlines. As more murders rock the city, it is not too long before the battle of wits with his unseen adversary turns personal for Agni. A ruthless killer walking the rain-washed streets of Kolkata. A detective battling storms brewing in his private life. Human relations infested with deceit. A generation struggling to cope with fast-changing ambitions and desires. In the Shadows of Death is a gripping page-turner with a heart-rending emotional core.

#26 Fraudster by R.V. Raman

The Story of Corporate India’s Black Sheep starts off with the story of Shruti Mathur, a bank employee who has her feeling played with. Due to this, she loses her job after having issued a large amount of loan on a property that is not even worth half the amount. The day after appearing before a committee to discuss the extent of her mishap, Shruthi is found dead under mysterious circumstances. Mr Visht, a member of the committee, can’t help but feel that there is more to Shruthi’s story than what she had discussed. He then dwells deeper into the causes of her death and employment. Shockingly he is also found dead not soon after, as a result of falling from his south-Bombay flat. Mr Subramaniam, a senior partner at CBS and also a close friend of Mr Visht, is murdered soon after his company’s high security server is hacked. But the hackers don’t want the company’s secrets, they want something even darker and more sinister. The web of lies and conspiracy seem to thicken with the plot as people, who will stop at nothing no matter how many have to be sacrificed, live to guard their dark secrets.

#27 In The Name of God - By Ravi Subramanian

The Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram safeguards within its sacrosanct walls centuries of customs and rituals, unimaginable wealth and an unwavering calm. Until a dead body turns up in its holy pond . . . And then another. The murders threaten to shake the temple’s very foundation, and when fingers point to its sealed vaults and its custodian, Aswathi Thirunal Dharmaraja Varma, the titular king of Travancore, all hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, a high-profile heist in a jewellery store at the Wafi Mall in Dubai leads investigators to a massive smuggling racket and brings Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, into the heart of south India. In Mumbai, a series of high-intensity explosions kills many, threatening to dismantle the country’s most coveted diamond trade.Could these incidents be related? Racing against time, Kabir tries to unravel the puzzle, separating fact from fiction, history from religion, and put a stop to the killing spree. Slick, riveting and fast-paced,In the Name of God is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

#28 Brutal - By Uday Satpathy

Two journalists find themselves in grave danger when they uncover links between a present day massacre and an incident which had occurred eight years ago. summary ‘you are in real, real danger’ – a school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he massacres eleven of his own students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed –– the police say. But, two crime reporters think otherwise. Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists in their professional lives, but broken individuals in the darkness of their personal hells. As they dig deeper into the mystery, they are led into the ominous forests of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago. They never see it coming what hits them next. One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they would realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political dna of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda. Always one step ahead of them, there is no place to hide for the two journalists. The only way is to fight back. But, to do that, Prakash and Seema will first have to survive.

#29 Bhendi Bazaar - By Vish Dhamija

This book is centred around a serial killer running loose in Mumbai and the struggle that a police commissioner finds himself in tracing down the criminal before another victim falls prey to him. The thrilling plot gets underway with three teenage girls in 1982 who take a flight from Soviet Union to the west but with a complete turn of events they end up being sold in Mumbai’s red light area. This nail biting suspense novel describes a patterned killer who is on the lookout for men who are waiting for a rendezvous with high-class escorts. When dead bodies start appearing up one after the other, police commissioner Rita Ferreira is sharp enough to pick out a pattern in all the serial killing surfacing in the streets of the metropolis. With the city living in dread of a serial killer, the DCP grapples to uncover the killer’s identity. The plot thickens when the killer gives Rita a limited time frame to catch him. With the clock ticking on her own life, Rita has to track the killer down to the climax where the two come up against each other. This gripping crime-thriller never has a dull moment and keeps the reader on edge till the very end

#30 The Swastika Killer - By Mahendra Jakhar

In Berlin,a killer begins targeting the most dangerous criminals and brands his victims with the symbol of the swastika. The day of each murder coincides mystically with the navagrahas, the days sacred to the nine planetary gods in Hindu mythology. And the dates correspond to hidden horrors of the historical past. Only one man can decipher and look beyond symbols — the unassuming Bala, the sharpest sleuth in the Indian Intelligence Bureau. The chase of a lifetime begins!7/11, MUMBAI EXPLODES Three friends who were born and grew up in the city’s brothels, thrown apart by riots, are brought together by the swastika.The killer takes them into the streets of Mumbai, to the den of underworld kings, inside prison complexes, terrorist cells and the snake pit called Bollywood. They will need more than friendship, love, and luck to survive.Is the swastika killer a self-proclaimed vigilante, out to end evil? To find out, and put an end to the killings, Bala will have to go to the beginning. The past that lies hidden in the streets of Old Delhi. KILLING FIELDS The killer moves through Afghanistan and Pakistan to target the world’s most guarded man. It will change the course of our history.Friendship will be tested with blood and death.Can Bala stop the killer?Can the blood-thirsty navagrahas be pacified?

#31 Nothing Else Matters - By Vish Dhamija

Luv Singh is a hired gun; he carries out assassinations for an underworld don. The clients are anonymous, so are the targets. Out one night on a job, he awaits his target to climb out of the car that’s just arrived at the scene. As he looks through the scope of his rifle, his finger on the trigger, he sees his target accompanied by one of the most gorgeous women Luv has ever seen: Zoya.Zoya Merchant was Luv Singh’s girlfriend back in college, almost two decades earlier. He fails to take a shot. He’s betrayed Zoya once before; He cannot assassinate her husband. Knowing that the mafia doesn’t condone failure or dissidence, he still pledges to save Zoya’s husband from whoever’s calling the shots. Nothing Else Matters is a riveting tale set alternately in the criminal underworld and Zoya and Luv’s college lives and about making choices that impact lives forever. It is crime fiction, but it is also a heart-breaking romance of a love that never dies. Come, fall in love with its flawed characters that cannot be forgiven, but will always be loved.

#32 The Monsoon Murders - By Karan Parmanandka

Dishonorably discharged from the police force, Roy has been condemned to a life of obscurity. However, when a well-known man from within the Mumbai finance circle is found dead, Roy is hired by the self made magnate Jayesh Kumar to probe the case. While Roy is excited at the chance at redemption, he can’t shake off the feeling that he is being played as a pawn. What looks at first an open and shut case, quite rapidly evolves into a tale of deceit and revenge. As his personal life gets tied to the success of the case, the question becomes, not whether he can have faith in strangers, but whether he can trust his friends. Key features: Inspired from real life cases and meticulously researched in actual forensic investigations, The Monsoon Murders is a fast-paced detective novel, which will keep you guessing till the last page.

#33 11 Hours - By Daniel Paul Singh

As you read this, a flurry of thoughts run through your mind, right from wondering how different this book is going to be from the umpteen other books you have browsed, to what might be the USP of this particular novel, and if its really worth your money…wait, did you just read what was going on in your mind? That’s exactly what happens to the protagonist of this novel, Robin. Robin is a boy next door, who leads a happy life with his wife of two years, Diana. One unsuspecting day, Diana goes missing from her office. Perplexed and worried, Robin runs amuck in search of her, only to receive a call from a stranger calling himself as Loser. The Loser gives Robin 11 hours to find Brindha, who is Robin’s former crush. Having no clue on where and why he has to find her, who the Loser is and where Diana is held captive, Robin begins his breath-taking adventure along with his tech savvy best friend Prabhu, only to realize that every single thought of his is being monitored. As the clock ticks, the men pull a trick or two from their sleeves and try to stay ahead of the Loser, but can they really outsmart him ? Will Robin find Brindha, save Diana and above all is Prabhu worth his trust?

#34 A Murder in Gurgaon - By Manish Dubey

Gurgaon. December 2014. A young event manager, an ex-cop’s son, is murdered. Inspector Ajai Singh vows justice. There is little to begin with, and frustration mounts when the initial suspect – a reclusive woman with a mysterious past – is found missing. Digging deeper, Singh uncovers a sordid tale of adultery, blackmail and revenge, only to find himself staring at a conspiracy unlike any he has seen. There are deceits, little and big, to decode; the predator and victim are indistinguishable; his witnesses could be misleading; his closest ally may not be an ally at all. Will Singh succeed? Or has the sick, wily mind behind the crime always been a few steps ahead? Refreshingly told, with a cast of morally ambivalent characters and an accent on the minutiae of crime, A Murder in Gurgaon will keep you hooked till the very end.

#35 Googled By God - By Pulkit Ahuja

In 1986 Everyone has their secrets… But what if one common student’s secret has the potential of bringing down an entire nation’s financial markets. What would it take for him to reveal this secret? In 2014 One of Nation’s leading investment bank is in danger of losing its fifty million dollar investment just four weeks after funding a start-up at a valuation of one thousand crore rupees. In 2015 A man is faced with a most peculiar choice – to avenge his brother’s murder or take revenge for his father’s betrayal? Googled by God is a fast moving financial thriller that takes the reader on a journey to the dark realms of entrepreneurship and technology. Revolving around the ever changing worlds of stock markets, investments and money, the reader soon finds himself in the middle of a dangerous game of emotions and karma.

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