Author(s): Abir Mukherjee
'Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express
India, 1920. Captain Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.
But when the Maharaja's eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother - now in line to the throne - appears to be a feckless playboy.
As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world. They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them.
Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:
'An exceptional historical crime novel'
'A thought-provoking rollercoaster'
'Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction'
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"An exceptional historical crime novel." CJ Sansom "A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj... a cracking debut." Daily Express "A Rising Man is a whodunnit set in the social and political tinderbox of 1919 Calcutta - a thought-provoking rollercoaster." Ian Rankin "Splendid...Captain Sam Wyndham is a winning creation." The Times, Crime Book of the Month "Terrific...Mukherjee's descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham's position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly." Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month
Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he's been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and is the first in a new series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and 'Surrender-not' Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.