BOOK REVIEW OF- The Highway Mafia
By Suchitra S Rao
Paperback: 278 pages
Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.; 1 edition (3 November 2017)
THE PLOT IN BRIEF-
“They are here and will probably reach your location in another 10 minutes,” answered a shaky voice on the phone.
“Good! Good! Keep track of them and don’t lose sight of them. See you in a bit,” replied Arjun. As soon he disconnected the call, his stern gaze broke into a devilish grin as he announced to his accomplices, “The hunt begins.”
Based on real events, The Highway Mafia is a political-crime fiction book that shows the transformation of a young businessman, who has an unexpected encounter with one of the most dreaded mafia groups in the country.
Find out what happens, when a secular youngster decides to choose the path of progressive activism to fight a multibillion-dollar worth organized crime of cattle trafficking that rely on political clout and black money to smuggle cattle.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK-
I really loved the way the author has portrayed the plot synchronise with the current scenario of politics and crime. It’s funny, but certain faces seem to go in and out of style. You look at old photographs and everybody has a certain look to them, almost as if they’re related. Look at pictures from ten years later and you can see that there’s a new kind of face starting to predominate, and that the old faces are fading away and vanishing, never to be seen again.
Apart from the main stream crime and thrill, the story gives us several perspectives on life. If everybody in the world despises you and hates you, sees your features as ugly and simian, makes jokes about your ways of talking, calls you stupid and beneath contempt; if you have no history, no heroes, and no future where a hero might lead, then you might begin to hate yourself. Then one hot summer’s night you just erupt and go burning and shooting and nobody seems to know why. It was the members of the public who didn’t seem to care what was happening on the streets around them, who hurried on by when they saw crimes being committed, too cowardly to intervene. Sometimes it seemed like the ‘them’ was everyone, and the ‘us’ was simply me, a lone copper engaged in a one-man battle against the injustices of the world.
The book rediscovers the truth that sets you free: you are who you commit yourself to being, you have what you commit yourself to having, you live as you commit yourself to living.
Do read a different perspective of crime only at https://www.amazon.in/Highway-Mafia-Suchitra-S-Rao/dp/1946869406/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547827700&sr=8-1&keywords=the+highway+mafia
Overall I would like to rate the book 41 on a scale of 50.
4 stars out of 5
Originality of the plot and sub plots- 8/10
Net emotions in the story- 9/10
Usage of words and phrases-8/10
The title, cover and the illustration-8/10
The net impact on the readers- 810