"An exceptional historical crime novel". (C.J. Sansom). "A thought-provoking rollercoaster". (Ian Rankin). India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta's police force. He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note in his mouth warns the British to leave India - or else. With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them..."One of the most exciting debut novels I've read in years". (Val McDermid). "Highly entertaining...set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads". (Daily Telegraph). "This vivid murder mystery moves at breakneck speeds". (Sunday Times). "Intoxicating...utterly captivating". (Daily Mail). If you enjoyed A Rising Man, pre-order the second Sam Wyndham mystery, A Necessary Evil, now. Coming in June 2017.
Short-listed for Jhalak Prize 2017 (UK).
"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 "Evocative, intricate, beautifully written. A must read" -- Vaseem Khan, author of the Inspector Chopra mysteries
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 this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and is the first in a new series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and 'Surrender-not' Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.