Killing Ashish Karve – Salil Desai – Book Review


Goodreads blurb: Senior Inspector Saralkar is back at his desk after spending a rather annoying week at a Secrets of Living course, especially for police officers and he is itching for some action now. Luckily, an exciting new case turns up right away!

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.


As the blurb states, at the outset, there is nothing quite remarkable about how Ashish Karve is found dead in the backseat of his car. It seemed like quite an open-shut case where he has slashed his wrists and bled to death. But something about the entire scene prompts Senior Inspector Saralkar to doubt the possibility of murder and he takes along a skeptical partner in his subordinate Inspector Motkar on a journey of discovering the truth behind Ashish Karve’s death.

Pretty soon the duo find themselves embroiled in a myriad web of characters involving friends, families and people from the victim’s past who might have had a motive to kill him. As if things weren’t bad enough, some of the alibis of the people they interview also doesn’t hold up and they end up with a multiplicity of choices in terms of possible suspects and their motives for the crime. What promised to be a relatively simple case turns out to be quite the headache for the investigating team of Saralkar and Motkar.

To make things even more interesting and complicated, one of the people involved with this case gets murdered and it is quite obvious that it was due to the connection to the Karve case. This spurs the duo into frenzied action which culminates in a climax where all loose ends are tied up, the perpetrator identified and brought to justice.

What really worked well for me in this book was the detailing that the author Salil Desai paid to the policing procedural. This probably was the first murder mystery I have read where the nitty-gritty’s of policing are explained in great detail and readers will truly appreciate the mundaneness and  ordinariness of the entire investigation procedure followed by police personnel during the investigation of a crime.

Another aspect of the book that worked really well for me was the odd yet unique pairing of Saralkar and Motkar. While the superior officer is clearly well within his elements during the investigative process, the dynamics he enjoys with his subordinate and the mostly meek Motkar and the chemistry between them is quite enjoyable. The author also takes small strategic segues into the personal lives of both of them, more Motkar than Saralkar, and this helps readers appreciate and relate to them a little more and understand their thought processes a little more. Given that this is the first book of a planned trilogy, these attempts will go a long way in cementing these characters in the readers’ psyche.

In summary, do read this book if you are fan of the crime thriller genre and more so if you like well researched police procedurals.

So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and click on either of these links to purchase the book from Flipkart [Link] or Amazon [Link].

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publicist of Fingerprint books to be reviewed, but my review is completely honest and unbiased and was in no way influenced by the publisher or the publicist.

Disclaimer: Yes, I will earn a small commission if you purchase the books by clicking on either of the links above, but it will not make any difference to your purchase price.


Name Killing Ashish Karve
Author/s Salil Desai
Publisher Fingerprint Publishing
Year published 2014
ISBN 13 9788172345310
Goodreads link Link
Flipkart link Flipkart
Amazon link Amazon

3 thoughts on “Killing Ashish Karve – Salil Desai – Book Review

  1. Dear Jairam Sir,

    I would like to read and review this book as well – any contacts at Fingerprint Publishing to whom I can write and get a copy?

    I look forward to your reply.


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