Two popular writers of suspense and thrillers, James Patterson from the US and Ashwin Sanghi from India, will be teaming up for a new book, Private India. This is part of a suspense-thriller series penned by the USA-based Patterson, in collaboration with local authors from different countries where the stories are set, it revolves around a detective agency called Private run by agent Jack Morgan. The agency provides investigative services and gets the job done, even if it means bending a few rules.
Private India follows the agency in Mumbai, headed by agent Santosh Wagh, who is faced with the death of seemingly unconnected people with unusual objects found along with the corpses. In a race against time, Wagh battles against Mumbai’s biggest ganglord and a dangerous godman.
Mumbai-based Sanghi, author of popular thrillers such as Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key, says it is an honour to co-write an India-specific thriller with Patterson. He hopes there will be a fusion of ideas, of East meeting West.
On basing the next Private book in India, Patterson says, “With its vibrant and chaotic cities, and rich history and heritage, there could be no better place to set Private’s next adventure than India. And in Ashwin Sanghi, with his wide historical knowledge and love of a fast-paced plot, there could be no better writing partner.”
Private India, published by Random House, will be launched in Mumbai on July 21.