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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.


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

Library Journal

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    May 5, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    400 pages

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