Review – The Deadly dozen by Anirban Bhattacharya

Title – The Deadly dozen

Author – Anirban Bhattacharya

Pages – 260

Publisher – Penguin India

Genre – True crime

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This title is about serial killers that terrorised India over the past 100 years.

It has 12 chapters each about a serial killer/ group.

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Writing is interested with salt and spicy flavour characteristics of mass thrillers. Story is constructed by picking up prominent events and details of killings are magnified by a factor of 10 to 20.

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At some point graphic content of book becomes little unbearable. Author has tried to be as ingenious and terrorising as possible and has also used common common Indian abuses liberaly.

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Story of Pandher and Koli interested me most as it is dilligentely detailed. I was not expecting two cyanide killers in same book. Second chapter on cyanide killer was hard to read.

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Chapter on youngest serial killer is not worthy of reading and discussing. It is just too much to absorb on your vortex.

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Overall short pacy read for anyone who reads hi di newspapers with interest. Hindi newspapers focus on such stories everyday and publicise same negativity with hefty returns.

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Real picture of media in fuelling and creating panic in masses is highlighted.

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It could have had 10 chapters with better impact. In order to complete 12 two cyanide killers were detailed.

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