VIDYA BALAN AT CROSSWORD BOOKSTORES BOOK LAUNCH OF RAAKSHAS- INDIA’S NO.1 SERIAL KILLER BY PIYUSH JHA
Crossword Bookstores hosted the book launch of Raakshas- India’s No.1 Serial Killer by Piyush Jha at their Kemps Corner outlet today. The guest of honor at the event was national award winning actor and Bollywood star, Vidya Balan who interacted with the author and spoke to the audience present about the book. Raakshas- India’s No.1 Serial Killer is a thrilling narrative of a serial killer’s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him.
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About the Book
What made him a serial killer? Was he born with homicidal tendencies? Did a harrowing childhood render him criminally insane? The questions haunt, Additional Commissioner of Police, Maithili Prasad as she discovers the horrific murders across Mumbai. As she spearheads the greatest manhunt in Mumbai’s history, she’s determined to contain the reign of terror unleashed by the ruthless serial killer. But before that she must grapple with her personal demons that surface to plague her with self-doubt. Just as it seems that Maithili has begun to understand the deep-rooted resentment that drives the serial killer, he turns around and makes her the object of his revenge. Will she emerge unscathed from this ordeal? This thrilling narrative of a serial killer’s life and the unusual and challenging investigation to catch him, uncovers a chilling trail of unspeakable torment and cruelty-the tale of… Raakshas.
About the Author
Piyush Jha is an acclaimed film director, ad filmmaker and the author of bestselling crime-fiction novels. a student political leader at university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an mba degree. later, he switched tracks, first to make commercials for some of the country’s largest brands, and then to write and direct feature films. piyush’s films chalo america, king of bollywood and sikandar are noted for their unconventional subject matter and for their relevance to contemporary society. piyush’s earlier novels mumbaistan, compass box killer and anti-social network are page-turners that explore the gritty, noir landscape of crime in mumbai. currently, piyush is developing a crime-based tv show for a leading entertainment channel and he’s also working on his next feature film as a director/writer. raakshas- india’s no. 1 serial killer is piyush’s fourth crime-thriller novel.