Today, I’m reviewing a fiction thriller Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija but before I start off, here’s a quick introduction on the author and book:
Vish Dhamija has come up with his new novel Deja Karma, published by Rumour Books India. Vish Dhamija is a British Indian author of crime fiction. His first novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, was long-listed for “Vodafone-Crossword Book Award 2011.” Vish’s second book: “Bhendi Bazaar” – a psychological thriller was released in India in Dec 2014, and was #1 Best Seller on Amazon India in crime, thriller & mystery category (Jan 2015). He is now out with his latest eagerly awaited legal thriller Deja Karma
Deja Karma is about Jay Singh who is the best defence lawyer in New Delhi that money can buy. But Jay Singh is a closet alcoholic; he has a dark and ominous past. His mother has been accused and convicted of killing his father…something he doesn’t accept even after twenty years.
Flamboyant, wicked, lethal, Jay Singh never loses a case, though his methods might not always be within the law. If the law is after you — guilty or not — there is only one man who can save you. If Jay Singh takes your case, witnesses for the prosecution disappear or turn hostile, evidence evaporates, technology and science fail to provide any cogent support. What’s more — Jay Singh can even provide you with an ironclad alibi. And then he gets a case that can completely destroy him. If he loses the high-profile case he can kiss his career goodbye; if he wins the case he better keep his obituary ready.
Vish grew up in Ajmer, India. He studied at St. Anselm’s School Ajmer and earned his B.Com from Government College, Ajmer. He dropped out of Law after the first year to attend Jodhpur University for his degree in Management before joining the corporate world in India. After a few years, he left India to attend Manchester Business School, UK for MBA in Marketing & Strategy.
My take on Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija
Jay Singh is the best defense lawyer that money can buy.He is rich, ruthless & ready to go to any lengths to win a client’s case. His calculative outside hides a dark tortured soul with an ominous past. Not a day goes by without some alcohol to fade this scar which only manages to resurface itself on the next day.
Jay Singh never loses a case because his methods twist around the law like snake ready to poison for one’s benefit. If Jay Singh takes your case, witnesses for the prosecution disappear or turn hostile, evidence evaporates, technology and science fail to provide any logical & clear support.
And then he gets a high profile case that can completely destroy him.
Will this case be the death of him? Will Jay face the demons of his past to attain a slice of serenity? Will a tortured soul like his ever find love?
You will have to read to find out.
I love reading murder-mystery thrillers so naturally when I was told I was to review a book written by “India’s John Grisham” I was more than excited, unfortunately the excitement didn’t last for long once I picked up the book.
Jay Singh is the bad boy you want to love but you just can’t seem to find yourself rooting for him.The plot is vague and rather slow paced to start with.The chapters just don’t seem to hold your attention long enough to be finished. The book’s packed with a lot of twists that are disenchanting.
If you do manage to get yourself to the end, it only disappoints. The multiple narratives fail to culminate into a wondrous symphony and just hits a flat note.
However, it does have a modern day take on the concept of “Karma” so it at least lives up to the book’s title. Vish Dhamija could have done better after crime fiction thrillers like Bhendi Bazaar.
On our TJD score card,
|A+||Excellent, MUST buy!|
|A||Very good, worth a try|
|C+||Go on, take a risk|
|F||EPIC fail! Stay away!|
Deja Karma by Vish Dhamija scores Grade B 🙂