Johnny Gone Down

General Fiction

By Karan Bajaj

Publisher : Harper Collins

ABOUT Karan Bajaj

Karan Bajaj
Karan Bajaj is the author of Keep off the Grass, which has been on bestseller lists in India since its release in 2008. The book was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award, among other honors. Johnny Gone Down is More...


Nikhil Arya has fallen.

Once, he was an Ivy League scholar with a promising future at NASA; now, at forty, he is broke, homeless, and minutes away from blowing his brains out in a diabolical modern day joust. 

It wasn’t meant to be this.

An innocent vacation turned into an epic intercontinental journey that saw Nikhil become first a genocide survivor, then a Buddhist monk, a drug lord, a homeless accountant, a software mogul and a deadly game fighter. Now, twenty years later, Nikhil aka Johnny is tired of running. With the Columbian mafia on his trail and his abandoned wife and son ten thousand miles away, he prepares for his final act, aware that he will have lost even if he wins. 

Or will he? Is there any greater victory than living a life that knows no limits, a world that has seen no boundaries? 

From the bestselling author of Keep Off the Grass comes the once-in-a-lifetime story of an ordinary man fighting an extraordinary destiny. Can he pick up the pieces one last time or will Nikhil, now Johnny, go down for good?

"The Pulp fiction novel of the summer!" 
- Financial Express

“Set to make publishing history”

“Johnny rises and shines! Wild, bizarre and satisfying”
- Deccan Chronicle

“Restores one’s faith in the pace of a thriller”
- Asian Age

“Raw and powerful”
- Indiaplaza 

"A taut gripping saga"
- Hindustan Times

A stunning adventure of the human spirit from one of the freshest, most exciting voices in Indian literature in years” 
- Ben Rekhi, Waterborne.

“Visceral. Stunning. Pure entertainment without pretensions”
- Vir Das, Film Actor 

"This is the greatest novel I have ever read in my life...I can't get this book and the cover out of my head."
- Flipkart