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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784704780
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

Smoke and Ashes

Wyndham and Banerjee Book 3




Captain Sam Wyndham and his side-kick Surrender-not Banerjee return in this prize-winning historical crime series set in 1920s Calcutta, India.

SELECTED AS WATERSTONES' THRILLER OF THE MONTH, JULY 2019
CHOSEN BY THE SUNDAY TIMES AS ONE OF 100 BEST CRIME NOVELS SINCE 1945
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA SAPERE HISTORICAL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 HWA GOLD CROWN
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA GOLD DAGGER

'Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted' C.J. Sansom

India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.

But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den. When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there's a deranged killer on the loose.

However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career.

As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead...

'It is the flamboyant evocation of Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read' Guardian

Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:

'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin

'Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction'
The Times
'Cracking. A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express

If you enjoyed Smoke and Ashes, look out for the fourth Sam Wyndham mystery, Death in the East in November 2019

  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784704780
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. He has won the CWA Historical Dagger and the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, and has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, and HWA Gold Crown. His novels, A Rising Man and Smoke and Ashes were both selected as Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Smoke and Ashes was also chosen as one of The Times’ Best Crime and Thrillers since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey with his wife and two sons.

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Praise for Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted.

CJ Sansom

[I]t is the flamboyant evocation of Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

[W]onderfully rich and entertaining period crime series

John Williams, Mail on Sunday

Mukherjee weaves crime and history together with great skill

Antonio Senior, The Times

Well-researched and vivid in detail. [Smoke and Ashes] delights from the first page until the last. Simply superb

Daily Express

[A] fine series of crime novels. tightly plotted portraits of British rule in India, exposing the prejudices shared even by decent employees of the Raj

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

[Mukherjee's] skills have been delightfully honed with each novel in this gripping and thoroughly entertaining series

Nilanjana Roy, Financial Times

Subtle and evocative tale of the last days of the British Raj

The Sun

Abir Mukherjee had already proved himself a wonderful historical crime writer with his excellent first two novels. Smoke and Ashes is just as good, perhaps even better - and that's saying something - a writer at the top of his game, as talented as the very best in the genre. The cauldron of 1920s Calcutta is described so superbly that every twist and turn wrenches your guts. Laid on top of this fabulously atmospheric background is a page-turning thriller which pits emerging South Asian nationalism against the ailing Raj. I can't wait for the next instalment.

David Young, author of Stasi Child

Mukherjee, who only gets better and better with each book, has established himself as a leading historical mystery writer

Publishers Weekly

A thrilling mystery and a captivating journey

Jon Coates, Daily Mirror

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