Born in Kolkata in 1971, Supratim Sarkar was a gifted student and has been a keen reader. An alumnus of St Lawrence High School, he graduated with a first class in economics from Presidency College, Kolkata. After a brief stint in journalism, he joined the Indian Police Service in 1997. Currently posted as additional commissioner of police, Kolkata, Supratim was awarded the Indian Police Medal by the president of India, as well as a special honour by the chief minister of West Bengal. He describes himself as an IPS officer by profession and a cricket lover by inclination. His first published book in Bengali, Goyendapith Lalbazar, translated into English as Murder in the City, was a national bestseller.