Private India

Private India

In Mumbai seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses. For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it's a race against time to stop the killer striking again. In a city of over thirteen million, he'd have his work cut out at the best of times but this case has him battling Mumbai's biggest ganglord and a godman who isn't all he seems and then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens. Private India is a gritty crime thriller set in Mumbai, a book written in the style of a western thriller but with an Indian soul. Written as a collaboration between James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi, 'Private India' is a thriller combining Patterson's love for fast-paced plots with Ashwin's love for history and mythology. With short chapters, simple words and completely unexpected twists at every few pages, 'Private India' is an unputdownable and thrilling read from beginning to end. Launched in India July 2014, to be launched in UK August 2014 and USA in November 2014.


“The combination of Patterson's fast-paced style and Sanghi's India touch works.”

-India Today

“The result is a fast-paced thriller where references to Indian mythology are juxtaposed alongside members from the intelligence services.”

-Wall Street Journal

“The story is fast, littered with twists and bends in plots and ploys with ample dangling hooks to snare the reader.”

-Forbes India

"Racy, breathless, non-stop reading... so well has Sanghi mastered the international thriller style of writing, it's all there: the short chapters, first murder on page two, snappy non-nonsense dialogue, and a constant focus on speed and speed again so that one barely notices the passing of time."

-New Indian Express

“Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson team up for Private India, a crime thriller that has all the ingredients for a good read…”

-Financial Express

Private India is fast paced; a proverbial page turner…”

-Bangalore Mirror

“Sanghi’s penchant for mythology comes through… Patterson’s love for high drama and suspense is equally evident… the combination of Patterson’s fast-paced style and Sanghi’s India touch works.”

-India Today

“Combines the suspense and fast-moving plots of Patterson's writing with the exhaustive research and gripping storylines of Sanghi.”

-Times of India

“A compulsive page turner… almost all the chapters in Private India run for no more than a few pages, galloping ahead through explosive twists in the plot.”


“The book is a compulsive page-turner… almost all the chapters run for no more than a few pages galloping ahead through explosive twists in the plot.”

-Mint Lounge

“Private India is as suspense-ridden and gripping as what you’d expect as a combination of Sanghi and Patterson’s minds.”


“The plot contains the right elements of Indian exotica and is a nail-biting thriller from start to end.”

-Platform Magazine

“Patterson and Sanghi collaborate to write a nail biting Private India.”

-The Man

"Private India has quite a few elements working for it. Unusual characters, a serial killer with an original modus operandi, snappy dialogue and a refreshing portrayal of Mumbai."

-Hindustan Times

"As a page turner the book works compellingly. Delivers its adrenaline fix."

-The Statesman

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