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  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473522466
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

A Rising Man

Sam Wyndham Book 1

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India, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham is confronted with a highly charged case: a senior official has been murdered, and a note in his mouth warns the British to leave India – or else...

'An exceptional historical crime novel' C.J. Sansom

India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta's police force.

He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note in his mouth warns the British to leave India – or else.

With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them...

'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin
'Highly entertaining...set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads' Daily Telegraph

If you enjoyed A Rising Man, the second Sam Wyndham mystery, A Necessary Evil, is available now.

  • Pub date: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473522466
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

Abir Mukherjee

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 a crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. A Rising Man won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and became the first in a series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee. It went on to win the CWA Historical Dagger and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.

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Praise for A Rising Man

“A joy to read”

Susan Hill

“A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj... a cracking debut”

Jon Coates, Daily Express

“Splendid...Captain Sam Wyndham is a winning creation”

The Times, Crime Book of the Month

“[A] terrific first novel...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

“Enthralling... The investigation sends Wyndham and his Bengali assistant on a whirlwind circuit of the city”

Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

“Evocative, intricate, beautifully written. A must read”

Vaseem Khan, author of the Inspector Chopra mysteries

“A lip-smacking and highly entertaining mystery, set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads”

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

“This vivid murder mystery moves at breakneck speeds”

Sunday Times

“An intoxicating debut… The most engaging detective since…James Runcie’s Grantchester series: utterly captivating”

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

“A Rising Man is an exceptionally good, and original, historical crime novel...Roll on book two.”

C.J. Sansom, author of the Shardlake series

“Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man is a whodunit set in the social and political tinderbox of 1919 Calcutta – a thought-provoking rollercoaster”

Ian Rankin, Observer

“One of the most exciting debut novels I've read in years”

Val McDermid

“Witty, atmospheric.”

Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph, Book of the Year

“Colourful, eloquent, witty, unputdownable. And here's the best bit: this is the first in an unmissable new series that is clearly destined to join the pantheon of intelligent historical crime fiction. Jump on the wagon now”

Neel Mukherjee, author of Booker shortlisted The Lives of Others

“[An] atmospheric period thriller from [a] promising debut author”

Natasha Harding, Sun

“A thoroughly engaging new detective... A Rising Man kept me awake, racing to the finish… This is a Calcutta of smart cantonments and deep corruption, vividly brought to life, the politics and the people skewered with sharp dialogue and a brilliant sense of period”

Jason Goodwin

“A historical thriller of the highest calibre; evocative and pleasingly complex, shot through with the driest of wit, it marks Mukherjee out as an author of great style and ambition”

Eva Dolan

“A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.”

Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express

“A promising start to Mukherjee’s atmospheric new historical crime series.”

Patrick Worth, Compass Magazine

“Enjoyable tale… Agreeably witty and sharply written, this is an evocative portrait of a multifaceted Calcutta.”

Literary Review

“This guy is a real find… Mixes family history with a good helping of imagination.”

Sue Price, Saga Magazine

“An assured novel: well researched and vivid, with a strong plotline, delivered with verve and some appealing wry humour.”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“A vivid sense of history and locale”

Best Books of 2016, Financial Times

“Meticulously researched and delivered in clear, lucid and intelligent prose, Mukherjee is a fantastic addition to the stable of international crime writers, whose books effortlessly cross boundaries and bind readers in a community of excellence and enjoyment.”

Eastern Eye

“Vividly described, full of humour and humanity, it's a wonderful picture of that time and world, as well as being a perfect murder mystery novel.”

Liz Anderson, iNews

“Bursting with lively historical details about post-World War I India, this is a stirring and entertaining mystery”

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