Abir Mukherjee

The winner of Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition 2014, Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man is an astoundingly assured historical crime debut and the start of rich and vivid new crime series set in India. 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.

‘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 very good read, rich in texture’ Val McDermid, My Six Best Reads, 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 lip-smacking and highly entertaining mystery, set in a Calcutta so convincingly evoked that readers will find sweat bursting from their foreheads’ Daily Telegraph Best Books of 2016

‘A vivid sense of history and locale Financial Times Best Books of 2016

‘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

‘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)

‘Witty and sharply written, this is an evocative portrait of a multifaceted Calcutta.’ Literary Review

“A joy to read” Susan Hill

‘Evocative, intricate, beautifully written. A must read.’ Vaseem Khan, author of the Inspector Chopra mysteries

‘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 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

‘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

Abir Mukherjee was born in London in 1974 but spent his formative years in Glasgow. He graduated from the London School of Economics and has spent the last twenty years pursuing a spectacularly dull career in finance. He lives in London with his wife and son, and his hobbies include travelling and drinking too much single malt whisky.


Agent Name: Sam Copeland

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