Authored By: Keron Bhattacharya
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 230||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 276.50||Price in (USA) $. 22.12|
Snakes Without Ladders is a crime fiction tinged with history. The story encompasses three cities on three continents – New York, London and Boma in Congo. The time span is over a hundred years. A gruesome murder of an old and loveable widow takes place in New York. What can be the motive? The police soon capture the murderer and he is now on death-row.
Orlando Chatterji, a writer and a distant relative of the widow, wants to find out the reason for this atrocious crime. He arranges an interview with the murderer, Jacques Faberge, a French citizen. Jacques asks him to meet his wife in a seedy part of London. There, Orlando receives Jacques’s great-grandmother Alice’s diary. Alice, originally Congolese, was executed in Brussels in 1910.
From her diary, Orlando learns about the gruesome torture inflicted by Karol, a Belgian colonial, on Alice and her tribe. Orlando has access to another diary – that of Sir Ian Monkston, his great-grandfather, who was a diplomat in Congo and knew Alice.
The novel is full of interesting characters, all of whom are equally ruthless. A burka-clad Muslim woman comes to Karol’s palace with Suleiman, the chef. The story unfolds in a dramatic fashion. Snakes Without Ladders is an action-packed crime thriller in which a multitude of characters play their roles ruthlessly – some of them survive, others perish.
KERON BHATTACHARYA, an internationally acclaimed novelist and business writer, lives in Nottingham. He has authored four novels, four works of non-fiction and over sixty articles published in London newspapers and magazines of such prominence as The Times, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Accountancy and Management Today. His works have been translated into Italian and Chinese. His novel, The Pearls of Coromandel (St Martin’s Press, New York), the story of a rape victim in 1920s’ India, is ranked as one of the best novels ever published in English by Goodreads’ critics in the USA. The book is also listed in two prestigious American publications: The Best Novels of the Nineties by Linda P Lesher and World Historical Fiction by Lynda G Adamson.