Ajay Chowdhury

The Cook
  • The Cook

  • The gripping new novel from the award-winning author of the Sunday Times Book of the Month, THE WAITER.

    Kamil Rahman is a cook in a Brick Lane restaurant. But he used to be a detective back in Kolkata. And somehow trouble still knows how to find him.

    When a young woman Kamil knows is murdered the police are convinced her boyfriend is the culprit. Kamil isn't so sure and feels he has no choice but to start his own investigation. Meanwhile, his friend and restaurant manager, Anjoli, is troubled by a rise in the number of homeless deaths in their local area.

    The cases seem unrelated and as the duo dig deeper, discovering tentacles that stretch from Lahore to London, they find themselves in grave danger.

    Together they take on the indifference of the authorities to the homeless and the casual racism that pervades the investigation of killings of Muslims - all while a supremely intelligent murderer is manipulating events to stay several steps ahead of them.

    *AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW*

    Praise for The Waiter:

    'A hugely entertaining first novel, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane' Ann Cleeves

    'An outstanding debut' Sunday Times Book of the Month

    'A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish... a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year' Abir Mukherjee

Ajay Chowdhury is the winner of the inaugural Harvill Secker-Bloody Scotland crime writing award. He is a tech entrepreneur and theatre director who lived the first third of his life in India and then moved to London, where he cooks experimental meals for his wife and daughters. His first children's book, Ayesha and the Firefish, was published in 2016 and The Waiter is his debut crime thriller.

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