Title: Half a Shadow
Author: Anurag Shourie
Publisher: Inkhorn Publishing
In Half A Shadow, Anurag Shourie investigates the power and perils of the medical world in a consistently absorbing narrative.
In the city of lakes, Udaipur, when three dead bodies turn up at different locales but within a very short period of time, it leaves the investigators wondering: were these instances of accident or murder. The unrelated victims – a young businessman, a beautiful bride and a famous doctor – share a common connection. They had gone to the same nursing home before they died abruptly. Vijay Raj, the chief investigator helped by his nephew Aditya Deshmukh, covers most of the investigatory components, which ultimately bring to light the gloriously elaborate connections to the death. A week is all it takes for the otherwise tranquil city to get caught up in a mayhem that is a result of greed and power play. In order to redeem himself and to solve the murders, Aditya sets out to find the missing links between Abraham and Sarasvati, Abhimanyu and Sumitra, Yasser Arafat and Vladimir Putin. The body count continues to rise as he gropes in the darkness for answers only he can find. A ruthless Suvasini is somehow related to his past and to his present. Surrounded by her flunkeys, she is all set to wreck havoc in the lives of the doctors that work under her. The hunter, Kanti lal Johri, is reduced to a prey and watches helplessly as his life, instead of falling into place, falls into pieces.
The setting of the story feels vertiginous and shiny, but this lushness is described in matter-of-fact observance. Medical procedures and facts are described in details. A lot of hard work and research has gone into the making of this novel and it is evident in the way the story unfolds. Anurag Shourie has indeed penned a medical saga that packs a sizable number of plot twists and characters without getting tangled.
A poet at heart, a writer by choice and an anaesthesiologist by default. He has degrees in medicine and hospital administration in his kit, but love for the written word in his soul. An ardent Ruskin Bond fan, his hobbies include music and sports which he pursues with equal fervour. His poetic wares are on display at his blog – dranuragshourie.blogspot.in. He is presently employed with a multinational Clinical Research Organization. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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