Winner of the 'Unhanged Arthur', the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel, awarded by Crime Writers of Canada.
"The Golkonda Project is a complex, satisfying page-turner.... lyrical... a world the reader can believe in... a remarkable book." - The Arthur Ellis Award Judges
"He stared, mesmerized by their glister. This is what those coins paid for, these symbols of betrayal. It was the business he was in.
They all saw it in the end.
They saw the evidence in his eyes.
They felt it cut into them with his knives or garrottes.
They knew someone had paid."
Superintendent Anupam Gupta of the Indian Police Service is gliding gently towards retirement when he is dragged back to the street to investigate the brutal murder of Sanjay Kumar, scion of Rajku, one of india's powerful new tech conglomerates.
Gupta finds the company’s best and brightest have been recruited into the Golkonda project, named after the legendary fortress of the Deccan, the great plateau in the heart of India. They are being lured by the promise of riches. Riches and the privilege of using the latest analytics technology, 'Big Data', to solve a centuries-old mystery: the whereabouts of a treasure lost in the tumult of the 18th Century, one of India's most turbulent periods.
It is a privilege these young programmers are dying for. As the body count rises in London and Hyderabad, across continents and centuries the race is on to solve the mystery at heart of Golkonda.