Once upon a time there was a city plagued by greed, corruption and mysterious deaths… A patriotic IAS officer, Vikram, decides to expose a corrupt and powerful minister, Rudra Pratap Rana (aka RPR), during the latter’s visit to the IAS training academy. The video of Vikram asking the minister some highly embarrassing questions in front of a packed auditorium goes viral. Instead of having Vikram suspended from service, a vengeful RPR unleashes violence on the officer’s family, and to continue the torture, RPR gets Vikram posted as the sub-divisional magistrate in Laxmipur—the politician’s backyard. As soon as Vikram joins duty, RPR resumes his vengeance. However, a new drama unfolds when a large number of people start dying of heart attacks across Laxmipur. As Vikram tries to unravel these mysterious deaths with the help of Veda, a cardiologist, and Raghu, a police officer, extreme panic grips the city, which soon leads to riots and pandemonium. Vikram is left with no other choice but to risk his life to get to the bottom of this mind-numbing situation. Join Vikram in this fast-paced thriller as he fights to save Laxmipur from HEARTQUAKE.
I loved the Author’s first book and yes I did wait for his second. Knowing that it is a thriller made the wait even more excited. The protagonist of the book is Vikram, IAS officer who wants to bring in a change in the system, by working in the system.
His friend Rakesh tries to run away from the academy one night, the academy seems like a jail and he decides to run away to fulfill his dream of being a standup comedian. Rakesh bumps into Vikram who tries to convince him, that with a good career he could make way into the dream of being a standup comedian. Rakesh is convinced.
RPR is a corrupt politician visits the academy post which Vikram decides to expose him. IN his first step, they plan for an interview, where Vikram has the Minister embarrassed. Rakesh, on the other hand, records the interview which goes viral within minutes. RPR decides to take revenge not by suspending him but to post him in his territory, Laxmipur and also unleashes violence on his family. Laxmipur is RPR’s backyard where he plans to continue his plans to avenge the embarrassment by Vikram.
The city suddenly is startled where people suffer from massive heart attacks and bleeding from the eye. Vikram works seriously to uncover the mystery. He along with Veda( a doctor) in RPR residence as caretaker work together to uncover the mystery. Vikram now not only has the challenge of handling RPR but also to find why the sudden heart attacks were killing people.
The versatility of the Author is clearly seen once you finish this book as you can clearly see the distinction in plot and the genre is chosen. The transition in this book was smooth. This tightly gripped medical thriller also had little elements of humor and romance. It is highly appreciable that it did not disturb the plot anywhere.
The book gives you a complete picture of how the political situation is and how politicians work. Loved the way how the mystery element was contained till the end. With his writing style already proved in his first book to keep readers gripped, this book is another accolade. The medical terms used in the later parts were something new to learn about. The fact that you learn things from a novel is good too. How people work in the IAS sector is also described in detail, which gives you a sneak peek into the life of an IAS officer.
· Paperback: 160 pages
· Publisher: Rupa Publications India (20 July 2019)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 9353335329
· ISBN-13: 978-9353335328
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
K. Vijayakarthikeyan is a medico-turned-bureaucrat well known for his hugely popular initiatives as an IAS officer. He has won several awards and accolades for his pioneering work in land, solid waste and urban management. He has authored the national bestseller, Once Upon an IAS Exam, as well as five Tamil bestsellers, Ettum Dhoorathil IAS, Adhuvum Idhuvum, Orey Kallil 13 Maanghai, Jeyippadhu Yeppadi and Oru Cup Coffee Saapidalama. On sunny weekends, he can be found wreaking havoc on the cricket ground with his explosive batting and deceptive spin.