The Spy

The Spy


*Longlisted for the 2024 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize*

'A splendidly dramatic ending... Chowdhury’s writing is compelling and compassionate' The Guardian


Detective Kamil Rahman is working for the Met Police when he gets the call from MI5.
They’ve received intelligence of a terrorist plot, and it’s Kamil they need.

Posing as a disaffected cop and working in his friend Anjoli’s restaurant on Brick Lane, Kamil attempts to infiltrate the cell. What he uncovers leads him halfway across the world to Kashmir, and face to face with an old nemesis.

Meanwhile Anjoli starts to investigate the disappearance of a young boy who’s sending coded messages to his parents. As she attempts to solve his clues, she finds herself in greater danger than she could have imagined.

Time is running out for Kamil and Anjoli: can they save the boy, and save a nation, before it’s too late?


‘WOW! The Spy is the perfect mix of contemporary politics, humour, action and romance… the best in a series that just keeps getting better and better’

‘In Kamal and Anjoli, Ajay Chowdhury has created a modern day Holmes and Watson’

Full of intrigue and twists and turns which gave an insight into the fight against terrorism’

Praise for the Detective Kamil Rahman series:

'Outstanding' SUNDAY TIMES

'Hugely entertaining' ANN CLEEVES

'A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish' ABIR MUKHERJEE


  • The plot races to a splendidly dramatic ending; Chowdhury’s writing is compelling and compassionate, especially on the themes of displacement, and divided loyalties personal and political.
    The Guardian

About the author

Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury was the inaugural winner of the Harvill Secker–Bloody Scotland crime fiction award. He is a tech entrepreneur and theatre director who was born in India and now lives in London where he builds digital businesses, cooks experimental dishes for his wife and daughters and writes through the night. His children’s book, Ayesha and the Firefish, was published in 2016 and adapted into a musical.

The Waiter, published in 2021, is the first in his critically-acclaimed crime series about Detective Kamil Rahman, an ex-policeman from Kolkata who has moved to Brick Lane in London. It is being adapted for television by Moonage Pictures. Follow-up The Cook was published in May 2022 to excellent reviews and deals with the issue of homelessness. The third book in the series – The Detective – is about government surveillance and AI. The Spy is the fourth book in the Detective Kamil Rahman series.
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