𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐈𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲
𝐁𝐲 𝐀𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐲𝐚 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐣𝐞𝐞
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝: 𝟏𝟖𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫/ 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞, 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑
The book "Death in the Walled City" by Aditya Banerjee is a gripping mystery novel set in January 1983 in the backdrop of the communal riots in Old Delhi. The story revolves around investigating a death that appears to be different from the others that occurred during the riots.
Shankar Sen, a police officer in Old Delhi, takes the lead in investigating the case and uncovers secrets that suggest the involvement of someone within the police department. Meanwhile, Nitya Chaturvedi, a senior journalist leading a team of reporters, also takes an interest in the case, knowing that the stakes are high and any mistake could cost her dearly.
As the story progresses, Shankar and Nitya realize that the death of the victim may be linked to a larger conspiracy. They are joined by a pesky young reporter who inadvertently discovers crucial information that throws the case wide open. The twists and turns in the plot keep the readers engaged as the mystery deepens and the case takes unexpected turns. The tension in the book is palpable as the investigation unfolds, with the stakes high for both the police and journalists.
I enjoyed all the characters in the book, including Shankar, Nitya, and Shiv. I found their relationships to be compelling, such as the friendship between Shankar and Nitya or the bond between Nitya and Shive. Additionally, I appreciated the surprising twist at the end regarding Shiv.
The characters in the book are well-developed, with their unique personalities and motivations adding to the intrigue of the story. The author's writing style is engaging, with vivid descriptions of the setting and well-crafted dialogue that brings the characters to life. The pacing is steady, with enough action and introspection to keep the story moving. Some readers may find the story to be slow-paced in the beginning. In my own experience, I also found the beginning to be slow-moving. Nevertheless, it is crucial to have proper descriptions that help readers grasp the story better. It is imperative to include such details to improve comprehension of the plot. However, after the first 40-50 pages, the story gains momentum and becomes much faster-paced.
Overall, "Death in the Walled City" is a well-crafted mystery novel that keeps the readers hooked till the end. The book is a must-read for anyone who loves the mystery genre and is looking for a good page-turner. The author has done an excellent job of weaving together a complex plot, intriguing characters, and a compelling setting, making this book a worthwhile read. I have read the author's other book, "Broken Dreams: A Callipur Murder Mystery," and I must say, if you enjoy reading murder mysteries or thrillers, you should definitely read these books. They have a completely different plot from the usual thriller books. Both books' plots are set in the pre-modern era, and you will get a unique perspective on thrillers.
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