Crime could be one of the onerous genres. It is not easy to keep the audience glued to the book when its theme revolves around the murder or death. Pattukkottai Prabakar is one such writer who had nailed the art of writing a thriller or crime novel. He was born in Pattukkottai, Tamil Nadu, India, on July 30, 1958, to Smt. R. Chandra and Shri. V. Radhakrishnan. Prabakar is an alumnus of St. Joseph's College, Trichy. He has done his post-graduation in economics. In 1977, Ananda Vikatan, a daily newspaper of Tamil language, published his first story. Since then, Prabakar has penned more than two hundred and fifty short stories and three hundred books. He has also written the screenplay of several TV series and movies. Translators have translated various works of him into numerous languages.
Naan Avan Illai, Kanavugal Ilavasam, Vanthaan Vendraan, Naan Avan Illai 2, and Muga Manasulu are some of his compositions. Prabakar headed the monthly magazines of Ullasa Oonjal and Ungal Junior for nearly ten long years. He has also assisted few directors and has helped Mr. K. Bhakyaraj in creating the scripts of two of his movies. Prabakar is one of the contributors to the success of Paramapadham, a Doordarshan product of Tamil. His uniqueness is in the fact that some of his novels contain only dialogues without any narration. Yet, the conversations are enough to establish the characters as well as make it a compelling read. No other person had ever ventured in anything like this before, and this move of his solidified his position as a writer. Some private colleges have included some of Prabakar's works in their literature syllabus.
Bharat and Susheela, a detective couple, and Ravi and Marikkozhunthu, people who work for Susheela and Bharat, are his most famous characters. Some P. Hd. students have also written a thesis on him. Filmmakers have adapted several of his novels for small as well as for the silver screen movies. Doordarshan and Sun TV channel had telecasted the serials based on his writings. All of them were a huge success. All his books are available on the internet as e-books. His fans fondly call him the king of crime. Prabakar has written the lyrics of some Tamil songs as well. Most of his stories highlight the issues plaguing the society. Prabakar loves to shop as well watch movies with his friends and family. It gives him immense satisfaction when his work manages to beget a constructive change in the society.