Author: Salil Desai

Profile: Salil Desai is an Indian novelist who writes murder mysteries. He is a columnist, a former journalist and an alumnus of FTII. He has written a number of short stories and also held workshop on creative writing and is also a producer of films. Salil Desai completed his education at the Film and Television Institute of India. He resides in Pune, India. The Body in the Back Seat is his debut novel which was published in 2011.

The author is well known for his popular Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series, which includes Killing Ashish Karve (2014), The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen (2015) and 3 and a Half Murders (2017). He have received great reviews over the years in The Pioneer, The Hindu, DNA, New Indian Express, First City and Bangalore Mirror. Various authors have also praised his work. The corporate world has appreciated the management training videos, dramatized by Salil. Intensive workshops are conducted in scenario and story design and creative fiction writing by Salil Desai. He has also indulged in film-making and screenplay writing at well known organizations, media and communication colleges and liberal art institutions all over India.

Writing style: Salil Desai is a writer of murder mysteries.

Published Texts:


2011 – The Body in the Back Seat

2012 – Murder on a Side Street

2012 – Lost Libido and Other Gulp Fiction

2015 – The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen

2015 – Killing Ashish Karve

2017 – 3 And A Half Murders

Anthologies in which stories have appeared

Stories at the Coffee Table (Caferati)

The Shrinking Woman and Other Stories (Unisun)

Chicken Soup for the Indian Teenage Soul (Westland)

Vanilla Desires (Unisun). Volume 1

Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul (Westland)

The Killer App and Other Stories (Penguin)


Awards and Acknowledgements:

The Tribune has acclaimed, The Body in the Back Seat, Salil Desai’s debut novel as the ‘best murder mystery by an Indian author, so far’.

The Danish Centre for Writers & Translators, selected him in June 2016, as one of the 4 international authors worldwide for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark.