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  • Published: 27 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787301832
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

The Waiter




Kamil Rahman: Kolkata detective turned Brick Lane waiter has a new case on his hands . . .

'A hugely entertaining first novel, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane' Ann Cleeves

'A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish... a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year' Abir Mukherjee

Kamil Rahman, disgraced detective, turned waiter, is about to find himself embroiled in a case that might just change his life ... for better or for worse.

Ex-detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters an extravagant party for his boss's rich and powerful friend, the peace of his simple new life is shattered. The event is a success, the food is delicious, but later that evening the host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool.

Suspicion falls on Rakesh's young and glamorous new wife, Neha, and Kamil is called to investigate for the family, with the help of his boss's daughter Anjoli. Kamil and Anjoli prove a winning team - but as the investigation progresses, and their relationship grows, Kamil struggles to keep memories of the case that destroyed his career in Kolkata at bay. Little does he know that his past will soon catch up with him in some very unexpected ways.

  • Published: 27 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787301832
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury is the winner of the inaugural Harvill Secker and Bloody Scotland competition. He is a tech entrepreneur and theatre director who lived the first third of his life in India and then moved to London, where he cooks experimental meals for his wife and daughters. His first children’s book, Ayesha and the Firefish, was published in 2016 and The Waiter is his debut crime thriller.

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