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In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British official - in his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else....
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.
©2017 Abir Mukherjee (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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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 L. O. Pardue on 01-12-18

Debut of a 1919 Colonial Calcutta Detective Series

I will start off by saying I will definitely get the second book in this series and look forward to using a credit for it. This is despite this debut story in a new crime series not meeting my expectations. I think the pacing was too slow and my mind wondered too much. I am optimistic that the next story will be better.

I did enjoy parts of this audiobook though. The characters were written so that I cared about them. That would include Captain Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective that has just moved to colonial India. Sergeant Banerjee is a newly promoted Calcutta detective with excellent instincts. I wish the book had been from Banerjee's point of view instead of Wyndham's since it was interesting to see how the English treated the native citizens of India. The history in the story carried me to the end of the story.

Without question, the narration by Mark Williams was excellent.

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