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The Price You Pay

Price : $13.75
ISBN # : 9789350294253
Author : Somnath Batabyal
pages: 296
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : HarperCollins
Published : 2013

The story of Delhi, told through the eyes of the journalists who frame it, the policemen who protect it, and the outsiders who try to claim it.

When Abhishek Dutta joins the Express as a trainee journalist, he has no idea how his life is about to change. Assigned to the crime beat by Chief Reporter Amir Akhtar, Abhishek encounters a motley cast of characters in the press and police: DCP Uday Kumar, the Dirty Harry of Delhi Police who has a penchant for shooting first and asking questions later; ACP Crime Branch Mayank Sharma, who becomes a close friend; Samir Saxena, channel head of News Today, who mentors Abhishek s move from print to electronic journalism; and dreaded gangster Babloo Shankar, who runs the Delhi mafia even though he is in exile. As he rides his beginner s luck to unearth one sensational scoop after the other, Abhishek will soon discover that in the dog-eat-dog world of crime and politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies it is every man for himself.

With a plot that twists and turns like the inner lanes of the city, Somnath Batabyal s debut novel takes you into the dark underbelly of an emerging superpower s capital city, where common lives are mere pawns in deadly power games and where corruption lies at the very core.



Author Bio: Somnath Batabyal worked for a decade in journalism, covering crime and criminality, hobnobbing with politicians and policemen, before entering the quieter world of Western academia. His first book, Making News in India: Star News and Star Ananda, was published in 2011. He has also edited a volume, Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change (2010). Somnath now lives in London where he teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies. The Price You Pay is his first novel.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 20 March, 2013.
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