Popularly known as John Grisham of India, Vish Dhamija has authored a number of books. I had been reading rave reviews of his books on various social platforms for a long period of time. Some of these reviews were so good that I added him as an author to read in future. Sadly this kept getting postponed. But, finally, yes finally, I got an opportunity to read his latest book and Unlawful Justice is my first book by him. And, I am happy to say that this is not going to be my last one either. I am soon going to explore his previous works.
Unlawful Justice has been categorised as a legal thriller and this is what attracted me towards this book. I enjoy reading legal thrillers as such books take you inside the courtroom and give an opportunity to witness courtroom dramas. For me, such scenes are the breathing organs of any legal thriller. However, the scenes depicting courtroom dramas in the book under review are very few. And, therefore, I will not term this book as a legal thriller. For me, this book was more of a crime thriller than a legal thriller. While the courtroom scenes were less in number and there were no nail-biting twists, the book is certainly an engaging thriller. The book is fast-paced and I finished the book in one sitting. At the same time, it is my feeling that the book could have been better. Addition of a few more courtroom scenes and inclusion of some nerve-racking moments would have certainly helped.
So, let us turn our attention to the plot of this book. Baby, sixteen year old daughter of Diwan family’s household help, is brutally raped and brutalised by son of a big businessman. This influential and powerful businessman is a regular client of the head of the same Diwan family – Vansh Diwan, a powerful criminal lawyer. Now, Vansh finds himself in a quandary. On the one hand, he wants justice for this poor girl. On the other hand, he does not want to lose such a powerful client. Finally, after a whole lot of thinking, he chooses to take the side of his client. This, however, makes his wife disturbed and shocked. He tries to reason with his wife but without any success. His wife wants justice for Baby and turns to another top criminal lawyer for help. As things move further, the rape case unexpectedly turns into a case of murder. The events move at a faster rate and the book finally reaches to a satisfactorily conclusion. Well! I would have liked a dramatic ending as the ending generally sticks in people’s minds.
I have to say that the characters represented in this book have been sketched really well. The author has painted each character with due care. This, according to me, is impressive as the plot is such that it does not offer enough time to build up different characters. The writing is simple but effective. The events have been described in enough detail. Clues have been left at right places. I also liked both the title and cover page of the book.
Go for this book if you love to read crime thrillers. You will not get disappointed.