The Front Page Murders – Book Review


Cover: 5/5 (Would love to give more. This is one of the best cover I have ever seen)
Language: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


I have read so many books in this genre but when I picked this book up; I knew I’ll get to read something different. First look at the cover and you just can’t escape from the magic that it leaves upon you. The author of the book, Puja Changoiwala, has worked as a senior crime correspondent with the Hindustan Times and has spent most of her career covering Mumbai’s sins and their casualties and hence she knew the world of crime better than most of us which reflects in the way this book has been written.

The book deals with the investigation of the gruesome murder of a senior citizen in Mumbai committed by Vijay Palande in April 2012. The author has presented the book from the eye of a journalist and has unfolded the case as it may have happened. You’ll feel attached with the surrounding and get to know the working of department through the eyes that are bound to tell you the truth.


  • Narration.
  • Insight of how the crimes are actually dealt.
  • Unfolding of events in chronological order.
  • The element of surprise.


  • Absolutely nothing. But if you want to read traditional thrillers, it’s not like that. Basically, it’s like documentary rather than a movie.


It takes a fearless mind to harbor such a dark heart, a heart that knows no nobility, no apology…
Mumbai, April 2012. The gruesome murder of a senior citizen in a wealthy Mumbai neighbourhood leads the city’s Crime Branch to unearth several half-naked, mutilated and dismembered bodies rotting in the ravines of the Western Ghats on the outskirts of the city.

A trail of missing suspects, a lethal honey-trap, and unexpected links with Mumbai’s film industry and the underworld, brings the investigators – and the press, ever hungry for breaking news – to Vijay Palande, a cold-blooded killer equipped with the sophistication of Charles Sobhraj, the manipulative genius of Ted Bundy and the cruelty of Jack the Ripper.

In The Front Page Murders, Puja Changoiwala, who covered the incidents as they unfolded, recounts in gripping detail the story behind the sensational case of multiple murders that shocked the country. Startling and intensely sobering by turns, her compelling narrative explores not just the murky depths of a serial killer’s mind but, tellingly, the media’s frenzy for a juicy story and the insatiable human appetite for horror.

· A behind-the-scenes look at the investigation into one of the most sensational criminal cases in India’s recent history – the multiple murders committed by Vijay Palande with his partner Simran Sood – by a young Hindustan Times journalist who followed the case closely.
· Written with the pace and suspense of the best crime thrillers.
· A never-seen-before look into the world of journalists on the crime beat, how police investigations are conducted, and how Indian courts function.
· Insights into the mind of a serial killer.

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