“Hour of the Hounds,” a gripping fictional crime thriller penned by Roopam Kapoor, has become the talk of the town, captivating readers with its compelling narrative and unique blend of bureaucratic expertise and literary flair.
Roopam Kapoor, a Senior Officer in Customs and Indirect Taxes with a background in English Literature, has masterfully crafted a tale set against the backdrop of underworld dominance in the early 1990s. His unique combination of skills allows him to seamlessly blend his bureaucratic insights with his literary aspirations, delivering a captivating story that resonates with readers.
The novel underwent blind readings by a select group of individuals before its public release, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Kapoor’s proofreader found the book to be thoroughly engaging, adding to the author’s sense of accomplishment. Reflecting on the unexpected success, Kapoor expresses his joy and gratitude, emphasizing the excitement of seeing his dream come to fruition after more than a decade of work.
Published by Rupa Publications, “Hour of the Hounds” unfolds a tale of intrigue and suspense as novice customs officer Prakash finds himself entangled with the ruthless underworld don Salim. The narrative follows Prakash’s journey as he navigates the dangerous world of smuggling and crime, forming an alliance known as the ‘Howling Hounds’ to dismantle Salim’s criminal empire. The story weaves together themes of love, vengeance, and justice, creating a gripping narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
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When asked about the possibility of adapting the book into a visual medium, Kapoor acknowledges the potential but emphasizes the importance of maintaining the book’s realism. He expresses his desire for a realistic adaptation that accurately portrays the work of Indian Customs in combating smuggling, narcotics, and arms trafficking.
“Hour of the Hounds” is available on all leading e-commerce platforms, at bookstores, and major Indian airports, inviting readers to delve into its captivating world of crime and intrigue.