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3 and a Half Murders: An Inspector Saralkar Mystery Paperback – 8 Feb 2017
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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 unexpected twists leave the reader shocked at the turn of events. The suspense is not allowed to slacken at any stage. The author transfers his own excitement to the characters as well as the reader. The suspense is so well-built and the pace so well-maintained that it is only at the fag-end that the reader manages to start putting together the clues into a coherent reality. The end is shocking and leaves the reader reeling. The writer has deftly handled the plot, weaving it with so many shades. The writing style is easy and the plot is absorbing. It is difficult to put down the book till the mystery is solved. - The Sunday Tribune
He narrates a chapter till its high, then mixes it with a different scenario, until that reaches climax. This makes the narrative more intriguing. The built-up of every character forces you to understand the psyche behind every wrong-doing. 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
About the Author
Salil Desai is an author, columnist and film-maker. Three and a Half Murders is his fifth book and the third one in the Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series. He has written three more crime novels—Killing Ashish Karve (2014), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and Murder on a Side Street (2011) as well as a collection of short stories, Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction (2012). An alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), his dramatized management training videos are much appreciated in the corporate world. Salil also conducts workshops in creative writing and film-making. As a columnist, over 400 articles, op-ed pieces, features and travelogues written by him have appeared in The Times of India, Indian Express, DNA, The Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Deccan Herald, The Hindu, etc. He was also one of the four international authors selected worldwide for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators in June 2016. Salil lives with his wife and two sons in Pune.
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The narration is fast-paced and engrossing.
With simple language, the author keeps the viewers hooked on to the plot.
The story does not become predictable at all and , in fact, takes a bizarre turn at the end!
But we must of course give some freedom of fiction to the author for coming up with an unique story.
The only minor irritant is the love story side angle between Saralkar and his wife which makes your eyes roll out at the very necessity of it in the otherwise superb narration.
Nonetheless, another good-to-read book from the author.
I would rate this as a must-read for crime fiction lovers.
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Best book in the series so far!!!