Name:The Swastika Killer
Author: Mahendra Jakhar
Publisher: Westland Publishers
Price: Rs 350
The Swastika Killer is like a bowl of crimson chicken curry, which despite copious amounts of the right ingredients, doesn’t quite taste right. The protagonist is a 52-year-old IB officer from India, Bala, on the tail of a serial murderer. His protege, Maksud Ali, and a fellow from the Berlin Police, Michael Andler, assist him. One of the first murders is of Gotthard Lerch, owner of a billion dollar porn-empire — his head is found inside a bag in a bar in Germany. The murderer also strikes in the Netherlands, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The killer leaves a Swastika sign in blood at the scene of the crime — a Hindu and not a Nazi one. There are plenty of eye-roll moments. Bala is from Chennai, and pines for south Indian food and filter coffee in Germany. Maksud makes “wild love” to a girl with long tresses. Bala’s profile sounds suspiciously similar to our present NSA Ajit Doval. Does it end well? Unfortunately, you have to read to find out.