Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel

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Who could have poisoned Ranjit the realtor, Shakeel the Inspector, Pravar the criminal and Natya his accomplice?
Well the needle of suspicion tilted towards Pravar that was till he perished with his mate, but then who was the one?
Could it be Radha under the scanner for her role in the death of her husband Madhu and his mistress Mala, Pravar's sister? Or was it Ranjit's spouse Kavya, who owing to Stockholm Syndrome, takes to Pravar her kidnapper.
As these deaths by poisoning puzzle Dhruva, Radha, who worms her way into his life, avers that Kavya had the motive and the means to kill her spouse, her paramour and his wife besides the cop.
However, reckoning that when the ill-motives of the natural suspects to commit a murder are an open secret, someone with a hidden agenda might be tempted to use that as a camouflage for his subterfuge, Dhruva begins to look around for the culprit.

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Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Who could have poisoned Ranjit the realtor, Shakeel the Inspector, Pravar the criminal and Natya his accomplice?
Well the needle of suspicion tilted towards Pravar that was till he perished with his mate, but then who was the one?
Could it be Radha under the scanner for her role in the death of her husband Madhu and his mistress Mala, Pravar's sister? Or was it Ranjit's spouse Kavya, who owing to Stockholm Syndrome, takes to Pravar her kidnapper.
As these deaths by poisoning puzzle Dhruva, Radha, who worms her way into his life, avers that Kavya had the motive and the means to kill her spouse, her paramour and his wife besides the cop.
However, reckoning that when the ill-motives of the natural suspects to commit a murder are an open secret, someone with a hidden agenda might be tempted to use that as a camouflage for his subterfuge, Dhruva begins to look around for the culprit.
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Shakeel’s Fixation

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Shakeel’s Fixation When Inspector Shakeel entered the Saifabad police station, the echoes of the boots-in-attention greeted him, an... Read Chapter

Ranjit's Predicament

Submitted: March 06, 2015

 Ranjit’s Predicament   As Dhruva stepped into the anteroom, he came face to face with a handsome man with an amiable fac... Read Chapter

Rags to Riches

Submitted: March 06, 2015

  Rags to Riches   Kavya, a child prodigy, was the only offspring of a financially hard-pressed couple from Kovvur. As her ... Read Chapter

Dhruva’s Dilemma

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Dhruva’s Dilemma Waking up early in the morning and quickly finishing his chores, Dhruva stood in the portico; staring at the gate ... Read Chapter

The Gatecrasher

Submitted: March 06, 2015

The Gatecrasher While Dhruva was still lounging in his bed, Raju announced the arrival of a middle-aged woman. Wondering whether it c... Read Chapter

Operation Checkmate

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Operation Checkmate It was 4 P.M the D-day. As Dhruva was raring to go, Rani was in no hurry to desert her dressing table; but when h... Read Chapter

Foul on Pravar

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Foul on Pravar  Reaching 9, Castle Hills, Dhruva was nudged by Rani into the drawing room, where Raju laid the drinks for them -... Read Chapter

Stockholm Syndrome

Submitted: March 06, 2015

 Stockholm Syndrome When Ranjit reached 9, Castle Hills, in its sprawling backyard, Dhruva was playing shuttle badminton with Ra... Read Chapter

An Aborted Affair

Submitted: March 06, 2015

An Aborted Affair Rani proposed a trip to Ooty to let him bide his time as she did his bidding. Though Dhruva was inclined towards ... Read Chapter

Psyche of Revenge

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Psyche of Revenge  When a dejected Dhruva returned home that evening, Raju informed him that a woman named Radha came to see him... Read Chapter

Victim of Trust

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Victim of Trust Next day, Dhruva woke up earlier than usual to Radha’s thoughts, and sipping the bed-coffee in the portico, as he t... Read Chapter

Backyard of Life

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Backyard of Life  When Radha reported for work the next day, Dhruva led her into his study to thrown open his collection of Holm... Read Chapter

Cuckoo’s Nest

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Cuckoo’s Nest As Raju announced Ranjit’s arrival, Dhruva said jocularly that Radha might as well meet Mr. Interval, but she told ... Read Chapter

‘Untried’ Crime

Submitted: March 06, 2015

‘Untried’ Crime On reaching her ‘new home’ as she learned that Dhruva was away with Shakeel and was not expected till late in... Read Chapter

Kavya’s Quagmire

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Kavya’s Quagmire When Radha took Dhruva to cloud nine, as if to bring him back to mundane world, Dicey fell seriously ill; though h... Read Chapter

Murders to Mislead

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Murders to Mislead After Radha left Castle Hills to meet Natya, as Dhruva was wondering how Ranjit’s death might have affected Kavy... Read Chapter

The Other Woman

Submitted: March 06, 2015

The Other Woman  When they reached Spandan, as Dhruva recalled his earlier rendezvous, Kavya gave him a free rein to scan her dw... Read Chapter

Shakeel’s Demise

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Shakeel’s Demise That early dawn, waking up to the first ring tone of his mobile, so as not to disturb Radha lying beside him, Dhru... Read Chapter

A Perfect Murder

Submitted: March 06, 2015

A Perfect Murder Helped by Dhruva’s counseling in his ambient dwelling, as Kavya recovered from her trauma sooner than expected, sh... Read Chapter

Deaths in Spandan

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Deaths in Spandan Kavya returned to Dhruva’s ‘think of the devil’ welcome and Radha’s ‘what’s the news’ query before Ra... Read Chapter

Arraigned in Remand

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Arraigned in Remand Closeting with a nonplussed Kavya when Dhruva asked her about her house keys, she pulled out a key from her purse... Read Chapter

Depressing Discovery

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Depressing Discovery While Simon took Kavya to the Chanchalguda Jail in his jeep, Dhruva drove Radha straight to Spandan in his Estee... Read Chapter

The Red Herring

Submitted: March 06, 2015

The Red Herring With Kavya in judicial custody, Simon had redoubled his efforts to nail her down, but seeing no scope for a breakthro... Read Chapter

Wages of Abuse

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Wages of Abuse Next day, as Simon reached 9, Castle Hills, with a woman constable in tow, to apprehend Radha, as if on a cue, Dhruva ... Read Chapter

Decoding the Crime

Submitted: March 06, 2015

Decoding the Crime When Simon led Kavya back to 9, Castle Hills, finding Dhruva in the portico, she rushed to him as though to dispel... Read Chapter

A Poignant End

Submitted: March 06, 2015

A Poignant End Wanting to strategize Radha’s defense in the impending trail as Dhruva reached the Chanchalguda Jail with Kavya and ... Read Chapter