I am delighted to share with you the first chapter of IN THE NAME OF GOD, my latest thriller that releases on June 26. In line with my earlier books, this thriller too has short, fast paced chapters. Nothing establishes this more than the first chapter of the book which is hardly a page long. The story opens in the vicinity of the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple, in Thiruvananthapuram (the temple is the richest temple in the world, thanks to the discovery of unforeseen wealth in the underground vaults of the temple).
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Read on to form your own opinion of IN THE NAME OF GOD… Here we go
He didn’t notice the body immediately.
Not even when he dipped the holy vessel into the Padma Teertha Kulam, the divine pond, to fill it up for the Devaprasnam. It was only as he was lifting the vessel, filled to the brim with water, that the right hand of the floating body scraped against it and he saw it break through the surface of the weed-infested tank. His voice deserted him; he stood stupefied. The vessel dropped from his hand and sank to the bottom of the pond with a gurgling noise.
‘Padmanabha! Padmanabha! Padmanabha!’ he chanted loudly as he ran up the steps to the pond and sprinted towards the temple gates. Whether he was upset at having touched a dead body early in the morning or it was the shock of having found said body floating in the temple pond, or both, was difficult to say.
… End of Chapter 1 …
Chapter 2 coming soon.