BOOK REVIEW OF- Murderous GreedBY Arun K Nair 

BOOK REVIEW OF- Murderous Greed
BY Arun K Nair

·         Paperback: 218 pages

·         Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.; 1 edition (1 November 2017)

·         Language: English

·         ISBN-10: 1948096870

·         ISBN-13: 978-1948096874


Early one morning in the township of Avadi, a woman who was on her way to attend a relative’s wedding falls victim to a chain-snatcher and loses her life in the process. The very same morning, Karthik, an up and coming young businessman is found shot dead in his car in the middle of the road – the only witness to the incident being his employee Drishti who was in the car with him at the time. The responsibility of getting behind the root of both incidents falls on Inspector Satyajit, an intrepid and honest police officer, and his team who get cracking on both cases immediately. But as the investigation proceeds further, the incidents and the stories of those involved get increasingly confused and murkier. What illegal deals was Karthik involved in? Did these deals cause his untimely death? How is all this connected to the housewife who was killed the same morning? What is the part played by the mysterious Gun Club in all these events? Follow Satyajit as he attempts to uncover these dubious questions.
Indeed Murderous Greed is a very interesting and appropriate title for the book. We all know that Dialogues must appear as natural as if coming from effortless writing. It must not sweat. The beloved readers must not sweat. But here the author is literally sweating, because her characters are literally talking fishy in a steamy sweaty and bloody scene. The combination of the suspense and the chillness are very vividly described throughout the plot. When you read the account of a murder – or, say, a fiction story based on murder – you usually begin with the murder itself. That’s all wrong. The murder begins a long time beforehand. A murder is the culmination of a lot of different circumstances, all converging at a given moment at a given point. People are brought into it from different parts of the globe and for unforeseen reasons. The murder itself is the end of the story.
The title itself creates this thrilling environment. The world says: “You have needs — satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.


I understood something after completing the book-Known is Nothing, Unknown is everything; this is Half Hidden World.
We know only a little about ourselves, even ourselves. So blind are we that more often than not we never know what we’re going to do next, Love or Hate. Like what we are for ourselves, a part of our soul mates, our boy and girl friends, also remains Unknown to us, quite naturally, despite living together under the same roof, eating together, sleeping together….And that hidden part makes us ex-things to others.

The author very beautifully creates the atmosphere to inculcate the sequential murders in the story. It was like this blackness that crept into the corners of my life until everything was grey and dirty. My insides felt burnt out, like if you cut me open, all you would find would be smoke. No heart. No bones. There was nothing left, just the anger. It followed me everywhere. It sat on my bed and watched me sleep and when I had to eat, it looked at me across the table.

That’s what a thriller plot looks like and the author has proved it correctly through her creation.

I felt a beautiful inner meaning apart from the crime that was highlighted. We take what we want at the end of a gun, we murder and rape and steal, and we call it bringing civilization. And what is civilization, to us, but us being properly grateful to be murdered and raped and stolen from? We say we know justice when we heard of it. Well, what is our justice but us allowed to treat us as we like, and us condemned for even attempting to defend ourselves?

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Overall I would like to rate the book 42 on a scale of 50.

4 stars out of 5

1.     Originality of the plot and sub plots- 9/10

2.     Net emotions in the story- 8/10

3.     Usage of words and phrases-8/10

4.     The title, cover and the illustration-8/10

5.     The net impact on the readers- 9/10



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Sayan Basak


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