A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil

'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin

Summary

**WINNER 2018 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE**

'Even better than his first' Daily Telegraph


India, 1920. Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of Calcutta Police must investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharaja's son...

Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.

But when the Maharaja's eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother - now in line to the throne - appears to be a feckless playboy.

As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world. They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them.

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 HISTORICAL AND GOLD DAGGERS*
*LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 CWA STEEL DAGGER*

Praise for the Wyndham and Banerjee series :

'An exceptional historical crime novel' C.J. Sansom


'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin

'Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express

If you enjoyed A Necessary Evil, further books in the Wyndham and Banerjee series are available now:

A Rising Man

Smoke and Ashes
Death in the East
The Shadows of Men

Reviews

  • 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
    Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

About the author

Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in 1920s India. He is a two-time winner of the CWA Historical Dagger and has won the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing. His books have also been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and the 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 Thriller novels since 1945. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey with his wife and two sons.
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