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Sleuth Without A Clue

Smug tales, half-arguments, insufficient evidence: it's not elementary, Dr Swamy

Sleuth Without A Clue
Sleuth Without A Clue
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It's always easier to review a book once it's placed in the relevant genre. In the case of literature, a reviewer looks for fresh insight into human predicaments. In the case of a murder mystery, it's the narrative discipline that grips the attention of a reader as well as that of the reviewer.

Dr Subramanian Swamy's latest book, The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: Unanswered Questions and Unasked Queries, is a mystery novel in disguise. The working title for one of the finest mystery novels, The Name of the Rose, was The Abbey of the Crime. Umberto Eco rejected it on the grounds that "it concentrates the reader's attention entirely on the mystery story and might mislead purchasers looking for an action-packed yarn." The Name of the Rose was a philosophical inquiry that masqueraded as a mystery novel. In Swamy's case, it's the turn of a poorly structured mystery novel to masquerade as an investigative book that purports to unearth the hidden truths behind the murder of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. His title focuses...

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