After the bestselling 03:02, a thriller where Hiranandani Gardens Powai was the battleground against a terror attack, novelist and Powai resident Mainak Dhar returns with another thriller, Sniper’s Eye, set in the neighbourhood. Dhar, who lives and works in Powai, describes himself as a ‘cubicle dweller by day and writer by night’. An alumnus of IIM, Ahmedabad, Dhar works in a leadership role with a multinational firm, leading its operations for a region encompassing India, Middle East & Africa. In addition to his long and successful corporate career, Dhar has more than kept his love for writing alive, having written books which have been bestsellers in India and abroad, and been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese and Japanese, reaching millions of readers worldwide.
Sniper’s Eye, his latest novel, is set in Powai, with its protagonist, Major Aaditya Ghosh, working with a company in the neighbourhood. On the surface, he is an office goer like so many others in our neighbourhood, but he has a dark past, one he has been trying to leave behind him. He is confronted with that past when he is caught in the middle of what seems to be a terror attack, when the man in front of him and his girlfriend is shot dead by a sniper in R-City Mall. What follows is an action-packed adventure, which is already getting rave reviews.
The prestigious Kirkus Reviews has this to say about Sniper’s Eye, “”A former major in the Indian Army finds himself on a terrorist’s kill list in Dhar’s thriller. Dhar masterfully captures the political tensions between India and Pakistan. Although there are a number of action sequences, the story is more invested in plot twists. A taut thriller that refreshingly departs from genre norms with its multilayered protagonist and South Asian setting.”
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