Book Review: ‘CIU: Criminals in Uniform’ by Sanjay Singh and Rakesh Trivedi


Book Title: CIU: Criminals in Uniform
Author: Sanjay Singh and Rakesh Trivedi
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-9356296589
Date Published: Jan. 28, 2023
Price: INR 259

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Book Review

CIU: Criminals in Uniform” by Sanjay Singh and Rakesh Trivedi is a compelling and captivating novel that takes readers on a thrilling trip through India’s investigative agencies’ dark underbelly. Based on genuine facts, the plot centers around the unexpected discovery of explosives outside the home of Asia’s richest man, Kuber. What appears to be a routine investigation suddenly devolves into a convoluted web of politics, power relationships, and vengeance.

By creating a narrative full of suspense, surprising turns, and high-stakes drama, the story takes the readers onto a roller-coaster ride. As readers progress through the story, they are transported on a rollercoaster trip, watching the heated rivalry among numerous investigating agencies, including the CIU, ATS, NIA, and local police, all striving to solve the crime. During the struggle for dominance, the protagonists’ intentions and allegiance are called into question, giving an added dimension of suspicion and intrigue to the plot. This enables the authors’ writing abilities.

CIU: Criminals in Uniform” has an entertaining and fast-paced style of writing that is evocative of an exciting Bollywood film. The authors bring the inquiry to life with vivid and evocative writing, building a clear image of the incidents and strengthening the readers’ absorption in the tale. The book’s tension and suspense are real, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they flip the pages in pursuit of the truth behind the shocking revelation.

The characters in “CIU: Criminals in Uniform” are well-developed and realistic, adding to the story’s depth and complexity. Yatin Sathe, the CIU’s head, is a troubled figure with a dubious history. His aspirations, desire for power, and complex interactions with other people make him a compelling person to follow throughout the novel. The supporting cast, which includes investigative journalist Sanjay Trivedi, provides depth to the story and complexities to the broader plot.

One of the book’s highlights is its examination of the internal rivalries and power struggles among the investigating agencies. The writers shed light on the system’s frequently concealed corruption and immoral practices. The tale raises issues about the integrity of people in uniform by showing the dark side of those tasked with guarding and serving.

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Although the story is captivating and compelling, it’s important to note that the language used can occasionally be inappropriate and may not be appropriate for younger readers. But this feature contributes to the book’s authenticity and enables readers to make parallels to actual events, heightening the mystery and reality of the story.

CIU: Criminals in Uniform” is an exciting and thought-provoking book that deftly mixes aspects of political drama, suspense, and criminality. This book is a must-read for everyone who appreciates a good mystery and a gripping narrative that keeps people wondering till the very end because of its well-crafted plot, multi-dimensional characters, and surprising turns. A recommended book to serious fiction readers who can read mature language stories.