Lipstick by Vish Dhamija

Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World Rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

DCP Rita Ferreira is called into the investigation after the third corpse is discovered in Mumbai, which confirms it’s the same killer who has a fascination for painting his victim’s lips with dark red, almost crimson lipstick. The Lipstick Killer, like all serial killers, is fast decompensating – the time interval between the murders shortening, the victims shifting from street side hookers to high-heeled wives who are a little too libertine for his liking, those playing outside their marriages. And he’s watching everything, everyone. He watches the news of his exploits, he watches Rita, he follows the investigation, and talks. However, he only talks to you, the reader: “When I’m gone some people will tell you I was evil, that I was insensitive, maybe even call me a psychopath. Don’t believe them. I am not. I am anything but irrational and impractical; maybe a little more detached than what your average guy on the street…”

The author: Vish Dhamija