Salil's
New Book

This is the story of Shankar Lande, driver of a state transport bus, who goes on a bone-chilling hour-long rampage on the streets of Pune—killing 10, maiming 70, and damaging over 100 vehicles, before he is captured. In this case of Shankar Lande vs the city of Pune, the difference between the criminal and the victims is clear as night and day. But a young idealistic lawyer, Varun Gupte, a Punekar, still decides to defend Lande.

Terrific plot, a horrific crime!
A disturbing story, narrated superbly.
Sujoy Ghosh, Director – Kahaani

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About Salil

Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker based in Pune. He is best known for his much-acclaimed Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series which includes 3 and a Half Murders (2017), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and Killing Ashish Karve (2014).
His other popular books are Murder on a Side Street (2011) as well as a collection of short stories, Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction (2012). His sixth book, a taut, psychological drama, The Sane Psychopath will be shortly released in September 2018.

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Salil's Books

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Salil HALD Fellowship

Salil was also one of the 4 international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016.

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Reviews of Books

‘Twisted Thriller, Quirky Characters’ – Sriram Raghavan, Director – Badlapur

‘Desai’s writing is energetic and contemporary
Shobhaa De, Author

‘Intriguing, ingeniously plotted and wickedly contrived.’
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Author and MP

‘Realism is never too far in author Salil Desai’s latest book, 3 and A Half Murders. A non-regulation twist turns the saga on its head.’
- Bangalore Mirror

‘The unpredictability and the backdrop of the criminal make the climax unbelievable and astonishing. The book surely impresses the reader with the final revelation.’
- The New Indian Express, Sunday Magazine

‘The suspense is not allowed to slacken at any stage……. The author transfers his own excitement to the characters as well as the reader. …….It is difficult to put down the book till the mystery is solved.’
- Sunday Tribune

‘This is one of the finest thrillers I have read in recent times by an Indian author. There was not a single loose end in the book which would have left a reader high and dry.’
Privy Trifles

‘The murder mystery itself was nicely crafted and layered. The book is very fast-paced and there is not a chapter that is out-of-place or not required.’
The Whimsy Book Worm

‘The book is a real page turner…..an original Indian police procedural.’
DNA

‘This is the best murder mystery by an Indian author so far.’
Sunday Tribune

‘Enthralling…..It’s a quick, nail-biting finish and a must for those who love detective series’.
Sakal Times

‘Flawlessly well-written and is a completely gripping story. I have rarely read an Indian author who made me smile as much as Mr. Desai did.’
Christine’s Book Reviews

‘Once the main protagonist Inspector Saralkar and his assistant PSI Motkar starts their investigation one can’t put the book down.’
Spectral Hues

‘Lies, deception, suspense, amazing twists and high drama; the book guarantees you a roller-coaster ride which will leave you with an amazing spine chilling experience.’
Between the lines

‘The language is flawless, and all the stories have rather surprising and uncanny twists, which make for absorbing reading.’
Afternoon Despatch& Courier

‘The literary equivalent of a mouthful of flavour to be savoured and easily consumed.’
Sunday Tribune

‘It’s fun to read a thriller set in an Indian city with people who speak normally, and spot identifiable reference points. Inspector Saralkar seems set for a long innings.’
Afternoon Despatch& Courier

‘A strong plot backed by a sound concept and delivered fantastically.’
Book Geeks

‘Apart from the murder itself, the relationship between Saralkar and his wife is brought out very nicely. I love how well their personal life meshed nicely with the main murder mystery.’
Nishita’s Rants and Raves

‘The last two chapters where he dissects and discusses the entire motive behind the murder of Sonia Raikkonen are a delicious dessert after a good meal.’
Readers Cosmos

‘The book starts with a thrilling, chilling prologue and it only gets better from there! The story is brilliant. The pace is good, with no slack.’
Readers Muse

‘The novel’s main features which hold the reader’s attention are strong characterization, an idiosyncratic story line and the way the mystery is solved.’
Delhi Reader’s Club

Terrific plot, a horrific crime!
A disturbing story, narrated superbly.
Sujoy Ghosh, Director – Kahaani

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Salil Desai Newspaper Columns

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Workshops by Salil

Workshop at NID Bangalore

Salil Desai September 2018

National Institute of Design (NID), Bangalore September 2018

Workshop at Kurukshetra

Salil Desai August 2018

National Institute of Design (NID), Kurukshetra August 2018

Fiction Writing

Salil Desai December 2017

WRITER’S MANTRA – DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore, Dec. 2017

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The Sane Psychopath, Salil Desai