Bestselling author of Dongri to Dubai, S. Hussain Zaidi and top cop Brijesh Singh have signed a deal for a new non-fiction book, Dacoits of India, with Penguin Random House.

Blending Zaidi’s more than two decades of journalistic experience and Singh’s first-hand knowledge of policing, the book will feature profiles of iconic dacoits across the length and breadth of India. Dacoits of India investigates the modus operandi of each gang leader, what made them simultaneously feared and revered and what eventually happened to these outlaws.

Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief, Commercial and Business at Penguin Random House, comments:

‘I am delighted to have signed up Hussain and Brijesh for a new non-fiction title. We are fortunate to have a wonderful writer and an expert in Brijesh Singh who has agreed to co-author the book. At Penguin Random House, we have had a long and committed relationship with Hussain and we hope to keep on publishing bestsellers together.’

Hussain Zaidi says:

“Dacoits of India will be a challenging and adventurous assignment. Since the time I have met Brijesh, Google has become redundant for me. Brijesh is such a treasure trove of information and is virtually an encyclopaedia that partnering the project with him will be an exciting assignment beyond description. I am game for the roller coaster ride that is coming my way.”

Brijesh Singh:

“Dacoits, from time immemorial, have had a lasting impact on the Indian psyche. From being eulogized in folklore, to being portrayed in popular Bollywood movies, to being feared and hated in the areas under their sway, these mystical outlaws have always been at the centre of attention. I am sure the readers will hop on with us on this ride as we profile the ‘lives and deaths’ of these bandits.”

  1. Hussain Zaidi is India’s top crime writer. He has worked for many leading newspapers including Asian Age, Indian Express, Mumbai Mirror and Mid-day and is famous for his work as a journalist covering the Mumbai mafia for over 20 years. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia, Headley And I, Black Friday: The True Story of The Bombay Bomb Blasts and Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women From The Ganglands.

Brijesh Singh is an officer of the elite Indian Police Service and is presently serving as an Inspector General of Police with CID Maharashtra. He is the author of Quantum Siege, published by Penguin Random house.

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