• Srinath Adiga
  • January 26, 2021
  • Fiction | 384pp
  • Trade Paper  978-1-77168-216-9  $16.99
  • Ebook  978-1-77168-217-6  $9.99
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Dead Money

They said you can’t take your money with you when you die. What if they were wrong?

Hong Kong, 2002. A stock market trader desperate to pay off a gangster debt invents a scam: Afterlife Dollars. A product inspired by an ancient Chinese custom that allows people to buy their way into heaven.

It’s the beginning of a dizzying chain reaction that ripples in Mumbai, where one man does the unthinkable to secure his afterlife—while thousands of miles away in Amsterdam, another man races against time to stop an apocalypse. As the characters grapple with unprecedented moral dilemmas, their choices will affect the rest of humanity.

Profound, intense and plotted with unexpected twists and turns, Srinath Adiga’s debut novel is a timely and illuminating satire about religion, capitalism, and how the very things that make us human can ultimately lead to our demise.


“A memorable premise lifts Adiga’s impressive debut. Adiga makes the central conceit work as he effectively sends up the tendency of people to believe anything.” — Publishers Weekly

“Exhilarating pace, intriguing proposition, and plenty of dark laughs: Dead Money’s the thriller I’ll be burning through in the afterlife.” — Kate Veitch, author of Without a Backward Glance and Trust

“A unique and highly original story, tightly written and fast-paced. Full of larger than life characters and snappy dialogue. If you’ve ever wondered about the rise of BitCoin or how money really works, you’ll enjoy this book.” — Sion Scott-Wilson – author of The Sleepwalker’s Introduction to Flight

“Quality prose, sharp dialogue, and a devilishly clever plot that has us believing that the incredible just might actually be possible.” — Nick Bleszysinki, author of Shoot Straight, You Bastards! 

“A perfectly timed satire with a central premise so close to the bone, it gives you chills.” — Georgina Penney, author of Fly In, Fly Out; Irrepressible You; Summer Harvest