Abir Mukherjee

Death in the East
  • Death in the East

  • ** Selected by the Telegraph, FT and Guardian as one of the best crime books of 2019**

    **'A skilfully blended dual narrative: twice the intrigue, twice the fun. Mukherjee is at the top of his game' Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, on Death in the East**

    **'The gloriously atmospheric Death in the East is his [Mukherjee’s] best book so far, a cracking read' Scotsman**

    **'The perfect combination of mystery and history' Telegraph**


    Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India.

    1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when he comes across an old flame, Bessie Drummond, attacked in the streets. The next day, when Bessie is found brutally beaten in her own room, locked from the inside, Wyndham promises to get to the bottom of her murder. But the case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined.

    1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Captain Sam Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, to the ashram of a sainted monk where he hopes to conquer his opium addiction. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London – a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again.

    Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain this figure from his past isn’t here by coincidence. He is here for revenge . . .

    Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:

    ‘A thought-provoking rollercoaster’ Ian Rankin

    'Death in the East is as vivid and atmospheric as its predecessors' Guardian

    ‘Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction’ The Times

    Cracking… A journey into the dark underbelly of the British RajDaily Express

    ‘A brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil – beautifully crafted’ C. J. Sansom

    'Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced.' Daily Mirror

    'An absolute delight' Daily Mail

Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. He has won the CWA Historical Dagger and the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, and has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, and HWA Gold Crown. His novels, A Rising Man and Smoke and Ashes were both selected as Waterstones Thriller of the Month. Smoke and Ashes was also chosen as one of The Times’ Best Crime and Thrillers since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey with his wife and two sons.