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Midnight Freeway

Midnight Freeway

Vivaan Shah
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Pranav Paleja, a criminal lawyer who works at a legal Chamber-Mangesh & Mangharam. He’s an ordinary man with an ordinary life. And while it his job to uphold the law, he seems pathologically incapable of doing this in real life.
The mystery of this novel concerns an accident. We follow the investigation of a horrific car crash into a toll booth on the Bandra-Worli Sealink, and the ensuing death of the person driving, who turns out to be someone our protagonist Pranav Paleja had butted heads with; a disreputable builder by the name of Yogesh Moolchandani. All the signs say suicide but there was nothing even remotely wrong with his life. He had just cracked a deal and things were looking hale and hearty for him. He had even recently purchased an imported Volkswagen Jetta. The CCTV footage shows him crashing into the toll booth at a speed of 180 km per hour.
The car dealer he had purchased it from had received five missed calls from him just five minutes prior to the alleged time of the crash. The authorities begin to wonder why he was so frantically trying to get in touch with him and what on earth could have possibly transpired to cause this death? Since Pranav Paleja was settling a dispute with the man concerned only moments before the crash, the police land up at his doorstep. Who or more supposedly what killed Yogesh Moolchandani?

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: Nov/2021

ISBN: 9780143454069

Length : 224 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

Midnight Freeway

Vivaan Shah

Pranav Paleja, a criminal lawyer who works at a legal Chamber-Mangesh & Mangharam. He’s an ordinary man with an ordinary life. And while it his job to uphold the law, he seems pathologically incapable of doing this in real life.
The mystery of this novel concerns an accident. We follow the investigation of a horrific car crash into a toll booth on the Bandra-Worli Sealink, and the ensuing death of the person driving, who turns out to be someone our protagonist Pranav Paleja had butted heads with; a disreputable builder by the name of Yogesh Moolchandani. All the signs say suicide but there was nothing even remotely wrong with his life. He had just cracked a deal and things were looking hale and hearty for him. He had even recently purchased an imported Volkswagen Jetta. The CCTV footage shows him crashing into the toll booth at a speed of 180 km per hour.
The car dealer he had purchased it from had received five missed calls from him just five minutes prior to the alleged time of the crash. The authorities begin to wonder why he was so frantically trying to get in touch with him and what on earth could have possibly transpired to cause this death? Since Pranav Paleja was settling a dispute with the man concerned only moments before the crash, the police land up at his doorstep. Who or more supposedly what killed Yogesh Moolchandani?

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Vivaan Shah

Vivaan Shah is an actor/writer from Mumbai. He was born in 1990, published his first novel Living Hell in 2019 and a horror short story for the Hindu Businessline titled Entombed, and one for HT Brunch called The Reptile Kind. He has acted in movies and shows with literary source material ranging from 7 Khoon Maaf and Bombay Velvet to A Suitable Boy. He has been acting and participating in the theatre since he was a child, and has adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Ambrose Bierce into a play he directed entitled Comedy of Horrors.

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