I have many Bankers in my family including my husband, a non-banker who worked in a bank! I did pick up Ravi Subramanian’s earlier books, but frankly they did not grab me as ‘Bankster’ did from page 1. This book was a super-duper whodunit and the red herrings cast in the sea of the reader’s suspicions are many.
Frankly, I did not know that a word called ‘Bankster’ existed—and I am a Wordsmith. I thought it was a take off from ‘gangster’! With the world of banking reeling from so many scams, it is not difficult to imagine bankers as gangsters….and this book kind of validates this idea. I also did not know that Coffee Day had a presence in other countries. Technology plays a great part in this tale.
Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks. This book puts to rest this concept of trust and sex, crime, money laundering and the entire seamy side of a banker’s world is exposed on the dissecting table of Ravi’s keyboard and laptop screen.
The Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built a solid reputation over the years. It has its manipulators and fiddlers who know the system and how to take advantage of it to make money on the side.
Suddenly from the world of money, we are transported to a world of crime and presented with a series of murders in Mumbai and abroad. Why are these murders taking place? Who is the serial killer? What are they trying to hide?
The investigation goes through different hands—and all are killed off as they find out vital evidence. Finally, Karan Panjabi, ex-banker and current press reporter analyses the situation in the best traditions of an investigative journalist.
It is a global conspiracy that could scuttle the bank and make a serious dent in the nation’s security and integrity. In thirty-six hours, Karan must get to the truth and he cannot trust anyone, even the top bosses of the bank. It is a race to due diligence and death.
Every page is a gripping read and I must confess that I did not find any typos or editorial slip ups in this book—practically a first for me in Indian fiction. I loved reading the book and will go back to his previous ones. I must confess that I will approach ATM’s with a great deal of suspicion.
Slick, full of suspense and sex, ‘Bankster’ is a great read! And I read it while travelling and that added to my fun! And he doesn’t need any comparisons to western thriller writers. He is a class by himself.
Ravi Subramanian is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades in the world of global banks in India. In 2008, he won the Golden Quill Readers Choice award for his debut novel, ‘If God was a Banker’ and is one of the bestselling authors of India.
Name: The Bankster