Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.
A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India: or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues – arrogant Inspector Digby and British-educated, but Indian-born Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID – embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.
Abir Mukherjee beat 426 other people to win the Telegraph Harvill Secker crime writing competition. The judges made a very wise choice, as A Rising Man is simply stunning! I listened to it on Audible, and Simon Bubb’s narration was fantastic. Mukherjee writes beautifully and paints a very vivid and thought-provoking picture of 1919 colonial India. The pairing of Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee is perfect, and the murder-mystery facing them gives us a fantastic glimpse into life in a hot, colourful country, where the locals are maybe not so keen on British rule as the British think.
I highly recommend this crime thriller, and am very pleased that its sequel, A Necessary Evil, is sitting in my Audible library. I’m looking forward to Sam and Surrender-not’s next escapades!