Book Review: The Deadly Dozen, India’s most notorious serial killers


Author: Anirban Bhattacharyya


Caution: This book is not for the faint-hearted.

First of all, hats off to the author for the mammoth research. This is a work of non-fiction and I wasn’t initially inclined towards it.

But the cover had me in at the first glance and once I began there was no putting it down.

The book comprises of stories around 12 serial killers in the history of the country. Each chapter is dedicated respectively to each of them bringing about the detailing of the crime, the back story and the current status of those still living having escaped the gallows.

What makes this book different from the run-in-the-mill documentary is the personal touch by the author wherein he had voiced his views on the outcomes of the cases. Particularly the Judicial. He has subtly shown the novice reader how the Judiciary works and the drawbacks of our system.

The author has quite successfully managed to manouvere through the hearts and minds of the dreaded murderers. That brought out each story alive. A couple of them gave me the chills, like the youngest killer, barely seven and killed three infants…

The highlight for me as a thriller writer was the references provided by the author. It is a go-to for a lot of writers like yours truly when we plan murder mysteries and such!

The book has been well appreciated by celebrities like Anurag Kashyap and truly so.

Looking forward to lay my hands on more of the author’s works!



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