Book of the Month
A Rising Man
Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling British author of the Wyndham & Banerjee series of cleverly constructed crime novels set in Raj-era India. This is his 2014 prize-winning debut (see also A Necessary Evil, Smoke and Ashes and Death is East) and it introduces Captain Sam Wyndham as he arrives from Scotland Yard to take up an important post in Calcutta's police force in 1919. Described as “a good man upholding a corrupt system,” Wyndham is assisted by the equally conflicted Sgt Bannerjee, who is torn between his belief in British justice and the Empire’s repression of his people.
'Mukherjee's descriptions of Calcutta under the Raj are vivid, while Wyndham's position as a newcomer with fresh eyes works brilliantly' - Sunday Times