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Cops In A Quagmire

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Cops In A Quagmire

Pankaj Kumar has barely had time to settle in in his new role as the Superintendent of Police, Samudrapur, when a series of well-planned jewellery heists take place across the state of Paschim Rashtra. A Special Squad, constituted under Pankaj, not only manages to crack the cases in record time, but also goes about tracking the band of criminals like bloodhounds, catching them one by one. But even as the Squad celebrates its achievements, trouble is brewing just around the corner. An informant, a woman with connections, dies under mysterious circumstances. And now the cops from the Special Squad find themselves answerable to the law! What happens when the tables are turned? Can the police run as fast as they can chase? Grit, determination, brains, power and a bit of fortuitous luck—the cops need a combination of all of these to escape their predicament unscathed. But will they manage to find these hard-to-come-by ingredients or will they land up behind bars with criminals that they themselves once apprehended? An edge-of-the-seat crime fiction thriller, Cops In A Quagmire, gives the reader a never-seen-before, up close and personal look at the dark world of cops and criminals.

Full Title: Cops In A Quagmire

Author: Sunil Ramanand
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Pankaj Kumar has barely had time to settle in in his new role as the Superintendent of Police, Samudrapur, when a series of well-planned jewellery heists take place across the state of Paschim Rashtra. A Special Squad, constituted under Pankaj, not only manages to crack the cases in record time, but also goes about tracking the band of criminals like bloodhounds, catching them one by one. But even as the Squad celebrates its achievements, trouble is brewing just around the corner. An informant, a woman with connections, dies under mysterious circumstances. And now the cops from the Special Squad find themselves answerable to the law! What happens when the tables are turned? Can the police run as fast as they can chase? Grit, determination, brains, power and a bit of fortuitous luck—the cops need a combination of all of these to escape their predicament unscathed. But will they manage to find these hard-to-come-by ingredients or will they land up behind bars with criminals that they themselves once apprehended?


About the Author: 

Sunil Ramanand is an IPS officer of the 1994 batch borne on the Maharashtra Cadre. He is a distinguished alumnus of the then UDCT Bombay (now ICT Mumbai) wherefrom he graduated in Chemical Engineering. The author describes himself as an archetypal Kolhapuri.


Excerpt: 

Ours is the Third World, my fellow, where the police are acutely friendless even if they genuinely try to do public good. I know the likes of Koyni doubtless have insidious personal agendas. But they have become our cronies, a necessary evil in this wretched system. It is a part of the overall hypocrisy everyone is mired in.


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