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CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTION ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Vish Dhamija is a British Indian crime fiction writer who lives in the United Kingdom.
According to the Indian Press he is India's Best Page-Turner and one of the ten most popular
Indian thriller authors. He is the only writer of Indian origin listed among the Major legal
thriller authors of the world .In August 2015, at the release of his first legal fiction (his third
novel)  Déjà Karma, Glimpse Magazine called him India's John Grisham  for stimulating the
genre of legal fiction in India which was almost non-existent before his arrival on the
scene. In a survey by eBooks India website, Vish Dhamija was listed along the top 51 Indian
authors you must follow. The Asian age cited him as the only legal fiction writer in India.

EARLY LIFE

Dhamija grew up in Ajmer, Rajasthan, where he spent the first twenty years of his life. He
attended St Anselm’s school , a convent school in Ajmer. He earned his B. Com from
Government College, Ajmer. Dhamija dropped out of law school after his first year, and then
attended Jodhpur University for a degree in Management. After a few years of working in the
corporate world in India, he left for Manchester Business School in the UK for an MBA in
Marketing and Strategy.
In school, Dhamija was very active in literary and stage activities. He was the President of the
school's Literary Society.

WRITING CAREER
Dhamija's first book, Nothing Lasts Forever, a crime thriller was published in 2010 by Srishti
Publishers; it was long-listed for "Vodafone-Crossword Book Award 2011.".
Bhendi Bazaar, Dhamija's second book, was published in 2014 by Rumour Books, and tells
the story of a serial killer and the police officer who attempts to identify the pattern behind
the killer's murders before she becomes the next victim. The book spent over a year in India's
Top 100 list for 'Crime, Thriller, and Mystery', and has been noted for its ingenious plot and
rich characters.
Dhamija has said in interviews that crime fiction, which is mainly what he reads, is the only
genre in which he can imagine himself writing for the time being.
In August 2015, Déjà Karma (Dhamija's third book and first legal thriller) became a
bestseller and was featured on both The Financial Express and Crossword Bookstores lists for
two consecutive weeks. His next book, Doosra – The Other One was released in Feb 2016,
and Business Standard featured it in March, calling it a "…must read.". Dhamija's fifth book
- Nothing Else Matters was launched at the Kumaon Literary Festival in October. In
November it reached number 6 on WH Smith charts on both, domestic and international
airports in New Delhi. Bloggers rated it as one of the top 10 books by Indian authors in
2016 and top 10 romance novels of 2016 by Indian authors. Harper Collins India released
Dhamija's sixth book, Unlawful Justice in June 2017, which The Times of India called: "a
gripping legal thriller". Unlawful Justice was recognized by Amazon India as one of the
~Memorable Books of 2017, and The Asian Age included it in its annual listing of the Best
Books of 2017.
Dhamija's seventh book (his third legal fiction), The Mogul was released in July 2018 by
Harper Collins. "Gripping", said The Times of India. The Indian Express, in its review, called
out that "Dhamija has set the sky as the limit, figuratively and literally." The Telegraph
praised, The Heist Artist (Dhamija's eighth book, a crime caper) saying: “It’s difficult to find
a single dull moment in this book...” . The Heist Artist was the only Indian author/publication
to be included in The Times of India list of "Crime fiction and thrillers you should read in
2019"
In June 2019, Abundantia Entertainment announced that it had acquired the rights to
Dhamija's much sought-after "Rita Ferreira" series (Bhendi Bazaar, Doosra & Lipstick) to
adapt the books into a multi-season, premium original digital series.