Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup
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There’s a caste system--even in murder


From the author of the international bestseller Slumdog Millionaire comes a richly-textured tale of murder, corruption, and opportunity.


Seven years ago, Vivek “Vicky” Rai, the playboy son of the Home Minister of Uttar Pradesh, murdered bartender Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi, simply because she refused to serve him a drink.


Now Vicky Rai has been killed at the party he was throwing to celebrate his acquittal. The police recover six guests with guns in their possession: a corrupt bureaucrat who claims to have become Mahatma Gandhi overnight; an American tourist infatuated with an Indian actress; a stone-age tribesman on a quest to recover a sacred stone; a Bollywood sex-symbol with a guilty secret; a mobile-phone thief who dreams big; and an ambitious politician prepared to stoop low.


Swarup unravels the lives and motives of the six suspects, offering both a riveting page-turner and an insightful peek into the heart of contemporary India. Audaciously and astutely plotted, with a panoramic imaginative sweep, Six Suspects is the work of a master storyteller.


About Vikas Swarup

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Vikas Swarup’s first novel, Q&A, was made into the Oscar Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and sold in forty languages. An Indian diplomat, Swarup's most recent post is as Consul-General in Osaka, Japan.
Published July 7, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 480 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This satirical crime novel from Swarup (Q&A , the basis for Oscar-winner Slumdog Millionaire ) opens promisingly, but suffe

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The New York Times

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This crime novel from the author of “Slumdog Millionaire” is a Bollywood version of the board game Clue with a strain of screwball comedy thrown in.

Jun 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Six Suspects: A Novel

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Six Suspects reads a little like when a child takes action figures from different toy lines and forces them to occupy the same imaginary universe, but author Vikas Swarup mostly saves it via his presentation of India as the ultimate land of seduction.

Jul 23 2009 | Read Full Review of Six Suspects: A Novel


Rather than planting clues and flashing red herrings, he tells the tale of each of the suspects—a career bureaucrat suffering from split personality disorder (half the time he believes he’s Mahatma Gandhi), a scary-naïve American tourist who’s come to India thinking he’s getting a mail-order brid...

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By jonSun, 06/28/2009 - 19:37.

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Q&A is a fantastic books so I was excited when I learned his second book, Six Suspects, was available.

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