There’s a caste system, even in murder, begins the book.
Vikas Swarup‘s Six Suspects is a fine detective novel that delves into the rich and multi-layered society of modern India. A rich millionaire-murderer has been murdered, there are six suspects – who did it? That in essence is what the book is about.
Each of the six suspects represent a different caste in Indian society, from the slumdog handphone thief to the Bolllywood actress to the retired corrupt politician to the millionaire’s dad himself to the redneck American to a tribal native.
Each of the suspects have a intriguing story to tell of how they wound up at the scene of the murder and each will have their own reason to want the victim murdered.
I finished reading the book in one sitting. The story was just too arresting. It keeps you turning the pages, anxious to find out who committed the murder.
The ending did not disappoint. In fact, there was a twist to the ending which I won’t reveal so as not to spoil the story. If you like detective or mystery novels with a contemporary social setting, Six Suspects is a must-read.
Vikas Swarup, by the way, also wrote Q&A, the book which was made in the multiple award-winning, blockbuster movie, Slumdog Millionaire.I read both of his books and frankly, I find Six Suspects much better than Q&A. If it gets made into a movie, I will definitely go catch it. 🙂