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Publisher's Summary

The winner of the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition.
Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.
A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India - or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues - arrogant Inspector Digby and British-educated but Indian-born Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID - embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city. The start of an atmospheric and enticing new historical crime series.
©2016 Abir Mukherjee (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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By Sujata Massey on 05-18-16

Raj Revisited in fast-paced police procedural

Fantastic characters, meticulous research, and a wealth of characters make this a terrific listen. I cannot wait for the next one! Abir Mukherjee also weaves in a great sense of humor to keep one smiling while the suspense builds. One of my best audiobook purchases ever.

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By Gary on 06-09-16

Don't Miss this Book and Performance

I've been listening to one or two books a month for over a year and this book is the best of any of them. The story was fast paced and believable with enough twists to make it a great read. Simon Bubb is the best narrator I've heard so far. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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By Arthur on 05-21-16

Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

This is one of my favourite audiobooks and indeed books ever. Excellent writing & perfect performance reading.

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By Jane Craig on 07-28-16

An interesting first novel

The novelist describes Calcutta life in the build up to the breakdown of life prior to independence. All nationalities, including Anglo-Indian are well integrated in the narrative.
The narrator was excellent with true Scottish and Irish accents which brought the characters to life. I would recommend this novel to any of my friends

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By @GlobalCrimeFict on 08-09-16

Fabulous detective yarn set in 1919 Calcutta

Loved the characters and setting. I hope this will be the first in a series.

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