Scales of Justice

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Review By Narayan Radhakrishnan

REVIEW: SCALES OF JUSTICE
Title:                             Scales of Justice
Author:                         L. Prakash
Publishers:                    Banana Publications, 2010
ISBN                           : 978-81-906981-7-7
Price                            : Rs. 249/-
Rating:                          : ***** (4 bolts)
 
            This year I became an addict….an addict of two powerful drugs, which causes me unease, restlessness, sleeplessness and in general insomnia. The first drug is a foreign one, but available the world over. The second one is a more local one, presently just available in India….but mark my words will soon be available world over. I am speaking about two drugs which really ought to be banned- named James Patterson and L. Prakash.  James Patterson is the most prolific author of thrillers internationally, while Dr. Prakash’s has proved his mettle as the most prolific thriller author of India.
            And among Prakash’s various novels- I have a particular liking for his legal thrillers. Having read THE ABSENT MINDED LAWYER, WITNESS and TRIAL- I was waiting for something on these lines when I received SCALES OF JUSTICE. And SCALES OF JUSTICE is so similar and at the same time so different from Dr. Prakash’s earlier lawyer novels.   If TRIAL was the Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho in fiction then SCALES OF JUSTICE must be the Kanoon in Indian legal fiction. The whole novel reads and feels like a Bollywood movie crafted to perfection as BR Chopra did it with his timeless classic. Though Altaff the hero of witness makes an appearance in this novel, this novel cannot be termed as an Altaff adventure. The protagonist herein is a middle aged judge Ashok Hariharan. A straightforward, loving, honest family man- Hariharan has just one skeleton in his closet. He had a passionate affair with a young girl and one thing leads to another and Hariharan becomes a witness to a murder. Though his reputation is intact; Hariharan is stunned when the case comes up in his court. The judge knows that the person standing in the dock is not guilty; but honour and reputation prevents him from blurting out the truth. The novel follows the dilemma of the judge protagonist.

A good work, sprinkled with humour- highly, highly enjoyable. AI would give it a quaking 8 in thriller Richter scale of maximum 10. .

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