Calcutta 1919. When a senior British official is found murdered in an alley with a note warning the British to quit India, stuffed in his mouth, Captain Sam Wyndham, a veteran of the Great War and ex-Scotland Yard detective, is ordered to investigate. Sent to assist Wyndham is Surendranath ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee, a young, idealistic and brilliant Indian detective, suffering his very own crisis of loyalty. Treading a fine line between doing their duty and maintaining their own moral integrity, Wydham and Banerjee’s investigations into the murder lead them on a journey of political intrigue into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.
A Rising Man is the winner of both the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition 2014 and the CWA Historical Dagger 2017 award. It is also one of Waterstones’ Paperbacks of the Year and was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown prize, the Gold Dagger award and the Dead Good Reader Awards in the ‘Cat Amongst the Pigeons Award for Most Exceptional Debut’ category.
‘[An] enthralling debut novel’ The New York Times
‘An exceptionally good, and original novel. The whole cast.. is finely yet lightly drawn. Roll on book two.’ CJ Sansom
‘A thought-provoking roller-coaster’ Ian Rankin, Guardian Best Books of the Summer
‘A vivid sense of history and locale’ Financial Times Best Books of 2016
‘A very good read, rich in texture’ Val McDermid, My Six Best Reads, Daily Express
‘A new star shines in the heat and dust. An intoxicating debut… Utterly captivating’ Daily Mail
‘A Rising Man is an assured novel: well researched and vivid… Delivered with verve and some appealingly wry humour’ Guardian
‘[A] splendid debut…and his hero, Captain Sam Wyndham, is a winning creation’ The Times, Crime Book of the Month
‘A Rising Man is a cracking debut novel’ Daily Express
‘[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
‘A joy to read’ Susan Hill
‘A lip-smacking and highly entertaining mystery, set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads’ Daily Telegraph
‘Witty and sharply written, this is an evocative portrait of a multifaceted Calcutta.’ Literary Review
‘A thoroughly engaging new detective… A Rising Man kept me awake, racing to the finish… This is a Calcutta of smart cantonments and deep corruption, vividly brought to life, the politics and the people skewered with sharp dialogue and a brilliant sense of period’ Jason Goodwin
‘Evocative, intricate, beautifully written. A must read.’ Vaseem Khan
‘Colourful, eloquent, witty, unputdownable. And here’s the best bit: this is the first in an unmissable new series that is clearly destined to join the pantheon of intelligent historical crime fiction. Jump on the wagon now’ Neel Mukherjee, author of Booker shortlisted The Lives of Others
‘A historical thriller of the highest calibre; evocative and pleasingly complex, shot through with the driest of wit, it marks Mukherjee out as an author of great style and ambition’ Eva Dolan
‘Mukherjee’s outstanding debut and series launch combines a cleverly constructed whodunit with an unusual locale—Calcutta in 1919—portrayed with convincing detail.. The nuanced relationship between Wyndham and his Indian assistant, a sergeant known as Surrender-not Banerjee because the English can’t pronounce his first name correctly, adds even more depth.’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Rising Man was published by Vintage in 2016. The sequel, A Necessary Evil, will follow in 2017, with a third in 2018, all published by Vintage. Film rights have been optioned by Big Talk.
Publisher: Random House (Harvill Secker)
Publisher Link: www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/publishers/vintage/harvill-secker/