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Calcutta, 1919. 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. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency.
The body of a senior official has been found in a filthy sewer, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India, or else. Under tremendous pressure to solve the case before it erupts into increased violence on the streets, Wyndham and his two new colleagues - arrogant Inspector Digby and Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID - embark on an investigation that will take them from the opulent mansions of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.
Masterfully evincing the sights, sounds, and smells of colonial Calcutta, A Rising Man is the start of an enticing new historical crime series.
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By Katharine on 07-04-17
Warning - Same book was issued May 5, 2016
This is an excellent book, but I was surprised to find that I had already listened to it in another edition. It is unfortunate that Audible doesn't warn you of that.
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By RueRue on 02-15-18
Atmosphere in search of a story
The historical background and setting were the strongest part of this novel. Unfortunately the story needed a LOT of work. I knew who the culprit was almost immediately, and the author had his main character running around almost incessantly, perhaps to have plenty of opportunities to showcase the atmosphere of 1920 Calcutta. I also thought the author was a bit heavy handed in his dipiction of the prejudice and injustice done against the native Indians by the British. A more subtle approach would have been more palatable. The narrator did a good job with the multitude of characters.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful