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Bashmachkin / The Overcoat / Nikolai Gogol [‘Tween The Covers: New Indian Express]

09 August 2017 Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin was born in St Petersburg. He works as a clerk at some unremarkable (but nonetheless, let’s have no names) government office in his hometown, and gets paid 400 rubles every year for his efforts. … Continue reading

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Rorschach / Watchmen / Alan Moore [‘Tween The Covers: New Indian Express]

02 August 2017 Rorschach. Heavens, Rorschach really stays with you. Just the experience of seeing a panel with Rorschach on it — it’s visceral. It’s a punch in the gut, and the pain lingers. I read Watchmen for the first … Continue reading

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Salvation of a Saint / Keigo Higashiino / Book [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

18 January 2017 Keigo Higashino is one of the best living exponents of the detective novel. He writes in Japanese, and is one of the most successful writers in the language. His novels have also been successful worldwide, in translation. … Continue reading

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The Name of the Rose / Umberto Eco / Book [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

28 December 2016 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco is not a book for the faint-hearted reader. If this would be a Cricket Test Match, it would be a long-drawn-out fifth-day decider, with slowly-evolving turning points and glacially … Continue reading

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Day of The Jackal vs. The Bourne Series / Thrillers [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

14 December 2016 There has been substantially more analysis of detective novels and stories than of thrillers. This is not entirely unexpected – reviewers are a persnickety lot. Chandler and Hammett wrote some sparkling prose, and sure, Christie was just … Continue reading

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Alistair MacLean / Writer / Thrillers [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

07 December 2016 I’d have been a lot more of a discerning reader had I not discovered Alistair MacLean; and gobbled up the whole lot of those short, squat, 250-odd page Rupa reprints of his books. Between classes six and … Continue reading

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Criminal Comics / Ed Brubaker, Sean Philips [It’s a Crime: New Indian Express]

30 November 2016 Graphic Novels cost too much, they say… But think of it this way – you can read the best graphic novels thrice. The first time, read it for the story. The second time, read it for the … Continue reading

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