Riding The De (Mon) by Murali Raghavan
on Sep 26, 2022
"Book looks at money laundering post demonetisation" - The Week
"CA-turned-author Murali Raghavan whips up a financial thriller in the backdrop of demonetization and rides high on the success of his book." - Deccan Chronicle
"A brilliant tale of big money and crime." - The Literature Today
A presumably innocent banker
A religious leader accused of murder
A journalist who is after more than just the next big story
A plan to use demonetization to topple a government
Young, smart, once with a promising career before him, Vikram is in jail in Chennai. He stands accused of defrauding over ten crore rupees from Bharat Bank, where he worked in the IT department. Though he insists on his innocence, the evidence is stacked against him, and Vikram appears doomed to spend the best years of his life in prison - unless he agrees to a strange request from a lawyer representing an anonymous client.
Trapped in jail with no possibility of release, Vikram agrees, only to fall back into the world of corporate espionage and government corruption and intrigues, a run on a bank, and murder.
Ashwini, an investigative financial reporter, tumbles upon methods used to circumvent the rules imposed by the Reserve Bank of India during India's demonetization.
Vikram crosses paths with Ashwini in his quest to expose the web of corruption between people with mountains of money to hide and the unethical ways they invent to hide it.
But Ashwini's true investigation is into the man known as "Guruji" - a fellow inmate and possibly Vikram's only friend from his time in jail - whom she believes to be the cause of her sister's death.
Can Vikram swim against these murky tides to secure his freedom - from jail and from his benevolent blackmailer's clutches? Will Ashwini ever discover what really happened to her sister? And what is Guruji's dark secret, that seems to hold the key to many mysteries?