The Sane Psychopath


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.

About the author: 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). The Sane Psychopath (2018) is his sixth book. An alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Salil’s dramatized management training videos ( are much appreciated in the corporate world. He also conducts intensive workshops in creative fiction writing, story and scenario design, screenplay writing and film-making. Salil was also one of the four international authors worldwide selected for the HALD International Writers’ Residency in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Centre for Writers & Translators in June 2016.

Review:  The Sane Psychopath is stand-out from different points of view – first it is a spine chiller cum court indicate cum socio-sensation that talks about passionate wellbeing. Second, the fulfilment is one that forsakes you with request rather than answers, which for a spine chiller is a test. Regardless, the author, Salil Desai lived upto that challenge marvellously. As opposed to giving us a wordy, white washed conclusion which would have been a more noteworthy measure of his supposition/perspective about the whole issue, he left it on us to unravel all of that was between the lines. Thirdly, it is exceptional in connection to Inspector Saralkar course of action. This book turns around the sudden and astonishing decision taken by Advocate Varun which realised the country over sensation and examination. I valued this story a lot and the manner in which that it relied upon a veritable story spiked further bolstering my advantage altogether more. The pace is remarkable and the author had winning concerning keeping the readers conjecturing about the reason of such a perilous showing put together by Shanker Lande.

Written in his unique style, the story is hauntingly real. I needed to concede for the span of the time I was reading the book, at whatever call attention to went out I kept an eye for transports around me. I was very tenterhooks at whatever point I saw a speeding truck cruising by kind of experience reading through the pages. That is the force of this book. To add more his style of forming is enchanting – in a way he gets the readers thought absolutely, not deserting it despite for a nanosecond. Each page, every passage has a couple of actions happening, ensuring the reader is on high mindfulness endeavouring to consider what seeks after. There is packs of expectation and fervour, mixed with sentiments and sensitivity in the pages, making it a spine chiller. To be direct, the conclusion left me feeling bewildered. After the court scenes and other expository examination which followed I was anticipating an absolutely unforeseen finish in contrast with this. It had an impact which perhaps no other books in my recents had given me. The climax which takes the show absolutely for me.

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