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The Shadows of Men

Calcutta, 1923

When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?

Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this ‘unmissable’ (The Times) series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

Praise for The Shadows of Men 

"The pacing and twists are among the author’s best work. This is a sterling example of a riveting whodunit plot coupled with a vivid portrayal of a seminal historical moment.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

'Mukherjee, as he has in previous series installments, paces this story with sure-footed ease' The New York Times

'The Shadows of Men displays all Mukherjee’s usual brio, comic timing and eye for historical colour. It is a crime story, but also the tale of Banerjee’s reckoning with himself and his involvement in the British Raj, a regime he increasingly despises. Thought-provoking, page-turning and immersive.' Antonia Senior, The Times

'Captivating, moving and exciting, it’s historical fiction at its finest’ Sunday Express

'Another compelling, thoughtful and atmospheric episode in this fine series.' The Daily Mail

'Action-packed, with some terrific set pieces, this atmospheric portrayal of a time and place is a masterclass in how to keep the reader turning the pages.' The Guardian, Book of the Month 

'The Wyndham and Banerjee series of novels just keeps getting better.' The Times, Books of 2021

'Historical fiction at its finest' The Sunday Express

Agent: Sam Copeland
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