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Book: The Bankster

Author: Ravi Subramanian

At a time when the entire Banking industry is being criticized for being selfish and money minded, bankers being accused of being untrustworthy, this book by Ravi Subramanian seems to come like a blockbuster movie addressing right what the audience wants.

Bankster is derived from Banker + Gangster; a notion I would dislike considering that I am a banker myself. Ravi Subramanian is a banker himself and thus he understand the banking industry. Being called the John Grisham of Banking, I am not sure as I am yet to read the other 4 books of the author, however this book certainly presents an interesting real like plot with fast paced thriller embedded.

The story revolved around three distinct yet connected sub stories

1. CIA agent buying blood diamonds in Angola

2. A resort owner trying to fulfill a wish in honor of his dead son

3. A trusted Bank and the dark side of the banking activities

The primary story revolves around Great Boston Global Bank (GB2), a trusted MNC Bank where suddenly employees start loosing lives and when questions is started being asked by the Compliance Department Head “Raymond” and her friend “Harshita”, they too end of being dead. While the story initially leads with “Vikram” being the lead character who has the image of flamboyant banker, it gradually winds up to revolved around “Karan”, an ex Banker, currently journalist who becomes the protagonist and solves the murder mystery within 48 hours. The book exposes the dark side of miss-selling to customer and inefficiencies of Banking system through Zinaida, the new kid in the retail banking block, apparently recommended by Vikram, who grabs a huge account which later on is identified as the source of all problem. The is fast paced thriller revolving around potential murder suspects and finally giving a jolt climax and revealing the real villain.

The book has its own set of flaws:

1. Excessive use of Hindi, which seems meaningless

2. No in depth character building especially of Karan and Zinaida

3. The mystery resolution felt little unrealistic

Despite this the book will surely attract readers who are looking for a fast paced thriller intertwined with corporate drama especially Banking “masala”. The three subplots play out will and do not appear disconnected which makes the book a smooth read.

Enjoy Reading !

I would rate the book 3/5

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