Nair’s murderer is sinister and the motivations are complex. The setting is Indian and easily relatable. The novel explores the realities of the transgender community and corporation politics with great familiarity. The plot itself unfolds in systemized twists and turns. In the truest traditions of the whodunit, the reader will not only be guessing till the end but will also be left smugly surprised that his guesses were almost correct. Plot wise, therefore, Cut Like Wound is tight and upholds the suspense till the last pages….However, in a crime thriller, it is the climax that either scores the effort or undoes it. And it is in the last pages of Cut Like Wound that the atmosphere of Bangalore’s crime riddled underworld, the gaping abyss between assumption and reality bursts open, and Nair not only clinches the deal but takes home the trophy as well.

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