Age of Vice: A Novel

Written by:
Deepti Kapoor
Narrated by:
Vidish Athavale

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2023
19 hours 28 minutes


“Dazzling...Finally free from the book’s grip, now all I want to do is get others hooked.”— The Washington Post

“Cinematic…A luxe thriller…As a storyteller, Kapoor is a natural.”—The New York Times

'Sensationally good — huge, epic, immersive and absorbing ... certain to be a book of the year.' —Lee Child

This is the age of vice, where money, pleasure, and power are everything,
and the family ties that bind can also kill.
New Delhi, 3 a.m. A speeding Mercedes jumps the curb and in the blink of an eye, five people are dead. It’s a rich man’s car, but when the dust settles there is no rich man at all, just a shell-shocked servant who cannot explain the strange series of events that led to this crime. Nor can he foresee the dark drama that is about to unfold.

Deftly shifting through time and perspective in contemporary India, Age of Vice is an epic, action-packed story propelled by the seductive wealth, startling corruption, and bloodthirsty violence of the Wadia family -- loved by some, loathed by others, feared by all.

In the shadow of lavish estates, extravagant parties, predatory business deals and calculated political influence, three lives become dangerously intertwined: Ajay is the watchful servant, born into poverty, who rises through the family’s ranks. Sunny is the playboy heir who dreams of outshining his father, whatever the cost. And Neda is the curious journalist caught between morality and desire. Against a sweeping plot fueled by loss, pleasure, greed, yearning, violence and revenge, will these characters’ connections become a path to escape, or a trigger of further destruction? 

Equal parts crime thriller and family saga, transporting readers from the dusty villages of Uttar Pradesh to the urban energy of New Delhi, Age of Vice is an intoxicating novel of gangsters and lovers, false friendships, forbidden romance, and the consequences of corruption. It is binge-worthy entertainment at its literary best.
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Angie M.

If you want to see a positive review, this isn’t it. I struggled through this as soon as Ajay’s story was cut off. As a first generation American of Indian descent, this book was ridiculous. A young Indian woman drinking and smoking with her parents?? Lol. I felt like the author was going for shock value rather than a good plot. The excessive descriptions of drugs and alcohol were boring. I didn’t enjoy the character hopping - I wanted more of Ajay’s story. Neda’s portion struck me as very “50 Shades” in the brand-labeling all over the place. And the ending with a huge chapters-long monologue by some new dude before ending it with… what, hope for a sequel? I guess they’re turning this into a show on FX, but I completely disagree with this comparing to The Godfather. Props to the narrator for doing a great job distinguishing each character with different tones and accents!

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