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A Necessary Evil

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India, 1920. Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharajah's son. The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Adhir was a moderniser whose attitudes - and romantic relationship - may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother - now in line to the throne - appears to be a feckless playboy. As Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination, they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules and those who cross their paths pay with their lives. They must find a murderer, before the murderer finds them... Praise for A Rising Man: `A Rising Man is an exceptionally good, and original, historical crime novel' C.J. Sansom `This vivid murder mystery moves at breakneck speeds' Sunday Times `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 McDermidshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 27mm | 499g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1911215132
  • 9781911215134
  • 229,183

Review quote

"Even better than his first... What is most striking about Mukherjee's novels is his infectious enjoyment of the human oddity of the British in India... Even better is his portrayal of the mix of opulence and spirituality that characterises Sambalpore under its sybaritic but benevolent maharaja... I can't imagine anyone failing to enjoy it" -- Jake Kerridge * Daily Telegraph * "A year ago I welcomed the arrival of Captain Sam Wyndham and his faithful Sergeant... and I am delight to report that his return is every bit as engaging" -- Geoffrey Wansell * Daily Mail * "An exceptional historical crime novel." * CJ Sansom * "A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj." * Daily Express * "An intriguing and enjoyable crime novel" -- Sarah Shaffi * Stylist *show more

About 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. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and became the first in a series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and `Surrender-not' Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.show more

Review Text

"Even better than his first... What is most striking about Mukherjee's novels is his infectious enjoyment of the human oddity of the British in India... Even better is his portrayal of the mix of opulence and spirituality that characterises Sambalpore under its sybaritic but benevolent maharaja... I can't imagine anyone failing to enjoy it" Jake Kerridge Daily Telegraphshow more

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