We must shower Piyush Jha with thanks and praises just for attempting a serial killer thriller in India. It’s true what he says in the Epilogue, that there’s a lot of research in the West on serial killers but not in India, because we lack the acceptance that mental derangement can create these kinds of characters. Serial killers don’t look weird; they prefer a persona of perfectly normal person. Once you’re through with this book, you’ll realize that there might be one around you, on the streets.
‘Raakshas’ gives an appropriate introduction to the background of our protagonist and the circumstances that lead him towards insanity. The kid’s father was a maniac and a genius. He couldn’t take care of his son when the mother died, neither could leave him peacefully at his sister-in-law’s place. The boy’s childhood was particularly painful to read through. I won’t spell out spoilers, but it irked and left me speechless at points about the cruelty a parent can foster toward his own offspring. No wonder it created a Frankenstein and led him to lose every bit of respect and love for women.
The child’s journey through boyhood, his encounter and apprenticeship with Kalantak Baba are among the best parts of the book. Here begins a parallel story about the cop, Maithili Prasad, who would later fight the killer. There’s an amazing insight into her background, a very dark one, and into her psyche. With alternate chapters of cop and killer, the book is crafted skilfully. Not going into the gory details of killings, do read how the killer becomes a serial one. It’s intriguing and builds the perspicacity that you need to get a grip on how killers think. Does Maithili catch the Raakshas? Is she able to mete justice to the victims? You have to read the book to know.
We’re awed of the story and especially the bonus section which lists a few lesser known real life serial killers and their modus operandi.
It’s a must read and we highly recommend the book for the awareness it could create on serial killers in India as there are no dearth of them around us.
About the Author:
Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of bestselling crime-fiction novels.
A student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an MBA degree. Later, he switched tracks, first to make commercials for some of the country’s largest brands, and then to write and direct feature films. Piyush’s films Chalo America, King of Bollywood and Sikandar are noted for their unconventional subject matter and for their relevance to contemporary society. Piyush’s earlier novels Mumbaistan, Compass Box Killer and Anti-Social Network are page-turners that explore the gritty, noir landscape of crime in mumbai. Currently, Piyush is developing a crime-based tv show for a leading entertainment channel and he’s also working on his next feature film as a director/writer. Raakshas- india’s no. 1 serial killer is Piyush’s fourth crime-thriller novel.
- Author: Piyush Jha
- Publisher: Westland Books
- Release: January 2016
- Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Serial Killing
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