Abir Mukherjee

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.

Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man is an astoundingly assured historical crime debut. It 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. Published by Vintage in 2016, A Rising Man is the first in a rich and vivid new crime series set in India. The sequel, A Necessary Evil was published in 2017, and the third, Smoke and Ashes, was published on in June 2018, all by Vintage.

Praise for A Rising Man:

‘[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 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

Praise for A Necessary Evil:

‘A year ago I welcomed the arrival of Captain Sam Wyndham and his faithful Sergeant… and I am delighted to report that his return is every bit as engaging’ Daily Mail

‘This second novel in the series takes place in 1920, a year after Mukherjee’s cracking debut A Rising Man… He writes beautifully, bringing the colourful kingdom of Sambalpore to vivid life and taking the reader on a highly entertaining journey to unearth the dark secrets at its core, with unexpected twists on the way to a satisfying finale.’ Express

‘Mukherjee uses the plot as a means of taking us back to the time of the nawabs, showing us the excesses, eccentricities, and hidden responsibilities of the men and women who once ruled the subcontinent. What distinguishes these books is the quality of the writing and the dry humour. A solid recommendation from me.’ Vaseem Khan

‘An intriguing and enjoyable crime novel.’ Stylist

‘Even better than his first… What is most striking about Mukherjee’s novels is his infectious enjoyment of the human oddity of the British in India… Even better is his portrayal of the mix of opulence and spirituality that characterises Sambalpore under its sybaritic but benevolent maharaja… I can’t imagine anyone failing to enjoy it.’ Daily Telegraph

Praise for Smoke and Ashes:

‘Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee’s best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil – beautifully crafted’ CJ Sansom, author of Standlake Series

Agent Name: Sam Copeland

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