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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (April 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554686067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554686063
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?[Six Suspects] is unusual, witty, quirky, cleverly plotted, intelligent, and along the way it?s an informative satire on indian politics and values. . . . A rollicking good read.? ? THE TIMES ()


"If rani pink is the new black, Six Suspects is crime noir. . . . It is a grim carousel of games sacred and profane." -- The Outlook Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Rose on Aug. 14 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is really a great study of a writer's style - or in this instance, how adaptable Vikas Swarup's style really is. The story is a murder mystery with, you guessed it, six primary suspects. When Indian playboy Vicky Rai is acquitted of a murder he's blatantly guilty for, the nation of India is in an uproar. To celebrate, Vicky throws a party at which he is subsequently murdered. All 500+ guests are frisked and six suspects carrying guns are fingered. A dedicated investigative journalist aims to uncover the truth, at which point we learn all about the backgrounds, motives, evidence, and outcomes for the sacred six.

The 6 stories are extremely diverse in terms of both characters and style. Ranging from an American hick from the backwoods of Texas to a popular Bollywood actress / sex symbol to a corrupt bureaucrat or two, each section of the book is wholly devoted to that character and written in a different form, including third-person omniscient, diary entries, and perhaps most challenging - entirely in dialogue. Of course, there are wavers of connections between all 6 characters that pop up throughout the book giving the reader a bit of extra delight as you try to unscramble who the murderer actually is - in fact, you can envision the book as a bit like the movie Babel.

That being said, the success of the book really lies in the fact that it's not a murder mystery that focuses on its worthy victim or the crime - it's a murder mystery that looks at how six people from all sorts of backgrounds could possibly end up in the position of being accused of a murder, and the effects Vicky Rai's initial acquittal and subsequent death have on the Indian public.
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By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2010
Format: Paperback
What a story. This is Vikas Swarup's second novel; his first was made into Slumdog Millionaire. Set in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, six lives come together at a party celebrating the acquittal of Vicky Rai, playboy-son of a North India politician, for the murder - in public and in cold blood - of a bar waitress.

But which of the six suspects murdered Vicky Rai? Another corrupt politician? A famous Bollywood actress? Rai's sister's boyfriend? A "tribal" from the Andaman Islands, alone and adrift in modern-day India, just trying to return to his homeland? An idiot American from Texas who had come to India in search of life-long love?

I won't write more about the plot but just know that all parts of modern day Indian society is written about in this masterful mystery. It's a long book, but every page is interesting. Read it and enjoy.
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By kulvr on Nov. 15 2009
Format: Paperback
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Q&A, I was very excited for this book to come out. I was not totally disappointed. Six seperate stories about six different suspects, all told in different genres and points of view. Some of the chapters are very long, so if you read a chapter a night, you might be pulling an all-nighter! The ending was quite disappointing. The author spends so much time building beautiful and intriguing characters, only to have the ending in a series of dry news bulletins that jump all over and can get confusing. By the end, you could care less whodunit, and just want to know what happened to the characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A gritty whodunit with a side of chutney Jan. 22 2009
By Nikhil Iyer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A rich spoiled brat is murdered and an assortment of characters are identified as suspects. Vikas Swarup's Six Suspects rewinds time and takes us through the events that led up to the eventful night of the murder. Everyone has their motives but do they have what it takes to pull the trigger?

The first thing that intrigued me was the book's layout. In fact, it prompted me to buy it as I was strolling idly through a bookstore in Mumbai. Each chapter is dedicated to one suspect. The second thing that I enjoyed was the detail spent developing the characters of each piece in this chess match. Everyone has an agenda. Nobody is a saint. Thirdly, the writing style of the author is markedly different for each back-story. This gives each chapter a different flavor. Finally, the book takes us all over India and shows us the myriad threads that weaves the country into a giant multicolored quilt.

Having said that, the book did feel a bit linear in some parts. I would have liked the story to be a bit more intertwined than it was. A few more run-ins between the main characters perhaps?

All in all, its a fun read and the ending, which is the bar by which whodunits are judged, was refreshing and satisfactory. I fully expect the big names in Bollywood to clamor for movie rights to this book. It has all the formulaic elements of a "masala" movie with an interesting climax.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Indian surprise packet Sept. 29 2008
By baroquemaniac - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Six semi-independent narrative strands, each of which might have been slappeded into some sort of novella, but which eventually interlock more tightly than one was made to suppose at the outset; a panoramic view of Indian society, shamelessly suffused with a storyteller's uninhibited lust for bizarre twists and outrageous coincidences; instances of appalling cruelty, heart-warming kindness and abject misery jostling for space with sheer farce: One might argue that too many ingredients have been stirred into the stew, that it has been quite crudely overspiced and that there has been ample recourse to fictional stock-in-trade.

Even if one doesn't enjoy (as I did) this eastern baroque mix of flavours, it should at least be difficult to altogether withhold admiration for the technical intricacies of such a liberally oiled plot machinery and for the virtuoso performance of the concluding pages, in which the traditional denouement of a whodunit spirals away into dizzying heights of absurdity.

Entertaining and moving though it is, however, the book's basic recipe is very similar to the one employed in the author's first novel ,Q & A'; and for his next offering, Mr Swarup would in my opinion be well advised to dish up something that works along other lines.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Better Than Q&A July 9 2011
By J. Smallridge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is even better than Q & A. The plot starts off quickly and never lets a reader go. Criticism that the characters are hard to remember is valid because they are more caricatures than actual compelling figures in their own right.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
All six are suspects! June 23 2009
By Jane Austen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One of the subjects I like to read is 'mystery/adventure/investigation'. I picked up this book because this book contains the mystery surrounding the death of a person, who is a rich spoilt brat, and the investigation following it. There are, as the name of the book suggests, six suspects, who have could have murdered this person.

The way the author, Vikas Swarup, has divided the book into sections is methodical. In addition, within each section he has dedicated one chapter each for each suspect & built up the story. It's like building up from where you left.

In weaving this story, Vikas Swarup has added many major headlines that hit the Indian subcontinent in the past few years. These headlines have been added to appear as part of the story. For example, Jesicca Lall (model/actor) murder in 1999. The way the son of a politician killed this model/actor in a bar - this was weaved in the story by Vikas Swarup. In a way we could immediately relate to them because we read about these cases a lot.
Similar sounding names of some real life famous reporters/journalist have been used.

Overall, it's a good read - specially if someone likes to read about investigative mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Characters confusing May 20 2010
By booklover - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought the book was pretty good. The characters were hard to keep track of, partly because the names were difficult to remember. They were interesting, but I didn't really care what happened to most of them. The ending had some interesting twists. Before the book was finished, I was tired of it. I learned about the different parts of India, so I appreciated that.

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