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A Rising Man Hardcover – International Edition, July 12, 2016
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"A joy to read" -- Susan Hill "A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj... a cracking debut" -- Jon Coates * Daily Express * "Splendid...Captain Sam Wyndham is a winning creation" * The Times, Crime Book of the Month * "[A] terrific first novel...Mukherjee's descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham's position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly" * Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month * "Enthralling... The investigation sends Wyndham and his Bengali assistant on a whirlwind circuit of the city" -- Marilyn Stasio * New York Times Book Review * "Evocative, intricate, beautifully written. A must read" -- Vaseem Khan, author of the Inspector Chopra mysteries "A lip-smacking and highly entertaining mystery, set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads" -- Jake Kerridge * Daily Telegraph * "This vivid murder mystery moves at breakneck speeds" * Sunday Times *
About the Author
ABIR MUKHERJEE was born in London, but spent most of his childhood in Glasgow. A graduate of the LSE, he currently works in finance in the City.
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Captain Sam Wyndham is an attractive main character, who learns about Bengali Calcutta as he hunts a murderer and a train robber. Mukherjee gives the reader a wonderful look at 1919 Calcutta with the politics of the Indian independence movement butting heads with the complacent British Raj. What Sam learns, the reader learns. as well. The supporting characters are well drawn and interesting. I'm looking forward to Abir Mukherjee's newest novel in the series.
All in all, he's a very likable, very human detective. Being new in India, Sam hasn't developed the contempt for the natives common among his fellow officers. He even starts favoring the company of his native sergeant Banerjee over his arrogant British subordinate Digby.
The murder of a rising man in British administration is Sam's first case. Almost simultaneously he gets another case thrown at him, an attack on a train that looks like a robbery gone wrong. Sam and his men investigate systematically, which makes this an engrossing police procedural on the surface. But politics muddy the waters at every turn. Insurrection is brewing in India, simultaneously with Ghanaian-inspired non-violent resistance. This novel weaves politics into the plot with finesse and offers a fascinating picture of the Raj.
There are some terrific action scenes. Sam, being battle trained in fighting and strategy, makes a great action hero. He also has a wry sense of humor, which emerges in witty dialog and in Sam's sardonic stream of consciousness. Abir Mukherjee is really a very good writer to give us such an engaging and fun protagonist.
A Rising Man is an impressive first novel, and heralds a series that promises to be addictive. I look forward to the next book.
Again, this has the potential to be a very good series.
Also, it's just a great read; I'm looking forward to the second of the series.
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