The CEO Who Lost His Head

About the book: A sardonic murder mystery set in Mumbai that takes an unlikely inspector duo on a trail across corrupt media houses, into the living rooms of sleazy business moguls and the private lives of Bollywood starlets, giving us a rare and intriguing glimpse of the city’s captivating underbelly.

Morning Analysis CEO Buster Das has been found dead in his office with his head bashed in.

When unlikely detective duo Sandesh Solvekar and Mona Ramteke make it their mission to catch the reckless criminal, they find themselves knee-deep in Mumbai’s sordid world of dissolute starlets, business moguls and a sell-out media, even as they attempt to deal with a dysfunctional police machinery and their own secret lives. The list of suspects is also turning out to be a headscratcher: there’s the eccentric editor-in-chief; the irreverent and savvy dating editor; and several vice-presidents who would kill to be CEO. 

A whodunit as wicked as it is irresistible, this cracker of a novel takes Indian crime writing to dazzling new heights. 

Target audience: Age 15 and above, for lovers of crime and satire, and for those who want to read exciting and sharply written Mumbai stories. 

Cover brief: Modern/minimalist, picking out a standout symbol from the story that captures the corruption, sleaze and individualism the novel explores. One such symbol could be the trophy the murderer uses to crush the CEO’s head. The treatment should bring to mind the book’s various themes.

Playful/pulp yet dark and thriller-like. Character-driven. The novel being a biting satire, we could go with fun/exciting caricatures of a few key characters and elements in the novel—the CEO Buster Das, the cynical and idealistic editor-in-chief Rocky B., the fashionable dating editor Mohini S., perverse business tycoon Subhash Bandra (aka the Big Bandar), the Bollywood model and actress Charuchitra Singh, along with elements that locate the novel: newspaper office, Mumbai. It could also include elements like the trophy and other items/symbolic references. The approach should be playful yet dark with a hint of sleaze.

An abstract option where we play on the double entendre of the title with the CEO as separated from his head or something along those lines.