The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men : 'An unmissable series' The Times

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*Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month*

'Abir Mukherjee is doing something uniquely different in the crime genre...breathtaking' Peter May, Sunday Times bestseller, on The Shadows of Men

Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?

Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this 'unmissable' (The Times) series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

'An engaging, evocative thriller that captures the heat of Indian nights and heady days of a bygone era, without being sentimental or simplistic' Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Appeal

'The Shadows of Men finds the always reliable Crime Writers' Association Dagger Award-winner Abir Mukherjee on fine form' Financial Times

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PRAISE FOR THE WYNDHAM AND BANERJEE SERIES

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

'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin

'Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 241 x 33mm | 628g
  • Harvill Secker
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787300595
  • 9781787300590
  • 5,857

Review Text

Abir Mukherjee is doing something uniquely different in the crime genre. His evocation of 1920s India under British occupation is breathtaking. He takes you there with luscious strokes of his pen and a dry wit, keeping you on the edge of your seat as he spins his tale.
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I loved the slick dovetailing of the dual narrative and the sharp, humorous writing...An engaging, evocative thriller that captures the heat of Indian nights and heady days of a bygone era, without being sentimental or simplistic. For me, the murder mystery and historical elements were perfectly woven together. * Janice Hallett, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Appeal on The Shadows of Men * Abir Mukherjee is doing something uniquely different in the crime genre. His evocation of 1920s India under British occupation is breathtaking. He takes you there with luscious strokes of his pen and a dry wit, keeping you on the edge of your seat as he spins his tale. * Peter May, Sunday Times bestselling author on The Shadows of Men * The Shadows of Men displays all Mukherjee's usual brio, comic timing and eye for historical colour. It is a crime story, but also the tale of Banerjee's reckoning with himself and his involvement in the British Raj, a regime he increasingly despises. Thought-provoking, page-turning and immersive. * Antonia Senior, The Times * The pacing and twists are among the author's best work. This is a sterling example of a riveting whodunit plot coupled with a vivid portrayal of a seminal historical moment. * Publishers Weekly, starred review * The Shadows of Men is a fabulous read - exciting, moving and highly entertaining. -- Ajay Chowdhury, author of THE WAITER
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About Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. He is a two-time winner of the CWA Historical Dagger and has won the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing. His books have also been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and the 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 Thriller novels since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey with his wife and two sons.
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177 ratings
4.47 out of 5 stars
5 60% (107)
4 31% (54)
3 6% (10)
2 3% (5)
1 1% (1)
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