Death in the East
Selected by the Telegraph, FT and Guardian as one of the best crime books of 2019. 'A skilfully blended dual narrative: twice the intrigue, twice the fun' - Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series
Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India.
1905, London. When Bessie Drummond, an old flame of Sam Wyndham's, is attacked in the street, he is determined to get to the bottom of it. But the next day, Bessie is found dead in her room and Wyndham soon finds himself caught up in her murder investigation. The case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined.
1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, ready to put his opium addiction behind him. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London - a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again. Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain that this figure from his past can only be after one thing: revenge...
Praise for the Sam Wyndham series: 'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' - Ian Rankin * 'Death in the East is as vivid and atmospheric as its predecessors' - Guardian * '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 * 'A brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted' - C. J. Sansom * 'Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced' - Daily Mirror * 'An absolute delight' - Daily Mail * 'The gloriously atmospheric Death in the East is his [Mukherjee's] best book so far, a cracking read' - Scotsman * 'The perfect combination of mystery and history' - Telegraph