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Books By Salil Desai
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a man hanging from the ceiling fan.
A suicide note cum murder confession.
And a name . . . Shaunak Sodhi.
When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play.
What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery. As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba.And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger . . .
Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder . . .?
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The body of Ashish Karve, a local businessman has been found in the back seat of his car. To PSI Motkar, Saralkar’s diminutive assistant, it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. But Saralkar’s sharp mind is agog with the dark possibility of murder. As the case unfolds Saralkar finds enough motives for people, be it Ashish’s business partner, his wife, his brother, his friend, his brother-in-law or even strangers to want to do away with him! Is the senior inspector becoming too fanciful in his imagination or is he on the right track in assuming that Ashish was killed? Delve into this deliciously thrilling whodunit and walk along with Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar as they set out to sift the truth from lies and half truths.
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Standing virtually clueless, except for a single white sandal found on the scene of the crime, the policemen duo start looking for suspects. Things get murkier when Saralkar's old friend and colleague, Inspector Patange, seeks his help to establish the identity of another murder victim - an old man found by a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Pune. Not only do the old man's stab injuries match the wounds inflicted on the Finnish girl, but he is also found wearing the other white sandal. As Saralkar and Motkar struggle to find the link that connects the two murders, nothing is what it seems. The emerging truth seems far more dangerous and the motive far more bizarre. Who murdered Sonia, and why? The truth will chill you to the bone!
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'Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction' is an incredible collection of stories about people caught in the chaotic, cultural flux of urban India and their reactions to the problems, temptations and tricky choices that life throws at them.
Praise for the book:
'Although the book is dedicated to Somerset Maugham, the indebtedness to Alfred Hitchcock is also quite readily visible'
'Salil Desai enjoys exploring the dark side of human nature and delves into urban situations to see how we are caught up with ethical choices. The stories (in Lost Libido) are set in metropolises. While reading them, one realizes they sound like familiar news or incidents narrated by a friend.'
'These are short stories with the most imaginative plots that take unexpected turns and leave you wanting more... a definite page-turner'
'The literary equivalent of a mouthful of flavor to be savored and easily consumed'
THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE
'A collection of seventeen extremely interesting short stories... The language is flawless, and all the stories have rather surprising and uncanny twists, which make for absorbing reading throughout'
AFTERNOON DESPATCH & COURIER
'Throws up some startling and unexpected developments - a pre-requisite for a volume of short stories. Desai's writing is energetic and contemporary'
SHOBHAA DE, bestselling author and columnist
'Intriguing, ingeniously plotted and wickedly contrived, these stories offer a welcome and compelling diversion from the mundanities of daily life. A fun read'
DR SHASHI THAROOR, bestselling author, columnist and Member of Indian Parliament
'Spicy narratives that hold up a mirror to the darker impulses that surface in our minds at weak, unguarded moments'
G SAMPATH, senior journalist and columnist
“HAPPY HANGING!” Saralkar growled with all the spite in his system and stormed out of the cell.
Weeks before serial killer Dharmesh Solanki is to be executed, he wickedly burdens Senior Inspector Saralkar with a macabre secret Saralkar would’ve been better off not knowing.
Impelled to verify Solanki’s disturbing claim, Saralkar and PSI Motkar reopen the sixteen-year-old case, for which the senior inspector had won a police medal. And out tumble intriguing leads and shocking facts that had fallen through the cracks back then.
Worse, only a motley group of elusive characters might form the shaky bridge to the murky truth—a missing ex-constable, a gluttonous witness who had narrowly escaped being murdered by Solanki, Solanki’s biographer, the serial killer’s own son, and the daughter of one of his victims.
Meanwhile another dangerous murderer is busy prowling around for victims to notch up an impressive body count. In the midst of these crazy events, Saralkar’s marriage faces rough weather, while Motkar’s hands are full, investigating a trail of mysterious suicides.
As the duo struggle to cope, personal tragedy strikes Saralkar and a tip-off propels Motkar into confronting an astonishingly diabolical psychopath on his own.
Will Motkar prove up to the challenge? Will Saralkar recover his mojo in time? And will Saralkar and Motkar ever make sense of the complicated chain of murders and suicides and the dark secret of a despicable serial killer sentenced to death?
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Are some crimes unpardonable?
A young lawyer is about to find out.
It was just another day in Pune. Just another morning.
Until a man decided otherwise.
And left an entire city horrified . . . scared . . . angry . . . baying for blood.
This is the story of Shanker 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 Shanker 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. And in the process seeks help from a psychiatrist, a man who lost his son to the same incident.
Caught in the pincer grip of their dilemmas, do the two men crumble? Do they unearth the truth? And does the truth absolve Lande?
Inspired by a real incident, The Sane Psychopath is a fictional exploration of a frightening murderous phenomenon of our times.