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Necropolis by Avtar Singh


“This city will forgive anything.Your father can make bad drugs, your husband can be a repeat offender with the tax department. Your daughter could be a hit-and-run artist, your family dodgy arms dealers, your son- in-law in jail for bribing government officials to build crap roads. It’s all fine, as long as you have money. But if you don’t have money, you don’t exist. I don’t know about your city, sir, but the one thing my Delhi won’t forgive is poverty.

Avtar Singh knows Delhi well and that is exactly what is revealed as one progresses through the book. Necropolis is a contemporary crime thriller with strong references to the history of Dilli through the centuries.

DCP Dayal of the crime branch is a history buff and knows what Delhi has gone through. He takes it upon himself to protect his city, aided ably by Kapoor and Smita and in the shadows by the mysterious Razia. Kapoor is typically what one imagines a North Indian police inspector to be. Smita adds to the contemporary aspect of this thriller as the trendy cyber cell officer. And Razia……………………..

The cases vary from murder, gang rape to kidnapping and freakish cults, but Dayal and his team know how to tackle them in spite of the bureaucracy and power players.

The book has a very urbane and refreshing feel and enough twists to keep the reader glued.

Avtar Singh

Published by HarperCollins India under Fourth Estate imprint

268 pages


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on September 22, 2014 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction, Suspense and tagged , .
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