Abir Mukherjee - Author

About the Author

Abir Mukherjee is the bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. His debut, A Rising Man, won the CWA Endeavour Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2017, was a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, and Waterstones' Thriller of the Month. His second novel, A Necessary Evil, won the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of 2018, and was featured on ITV as a Zoe Ball Book Club pick. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Featured books by Abir Mukherjee

The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2022

Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath? Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this 'unmissable' (The Times) series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

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Death in the East

Death in the East

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when he comes across an old flame, Bessie Drummond, attacked in the streets. The next day, when Bessie is found brutally beaten in her own room, locked from the inside, Wyndham promises to get to the bottom of her murder. But the case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined. 1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Captain Sam Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, to the ashram of a sainted monk where he hopes to conquer his opium addiction. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London - a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again. Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain this figure from his past isn't here by coincidence. He is here for revenge . . .

Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den. When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there's a deranged killer on the loose. However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career. As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead...

A Rising Man

A Rising Man

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

A fabulous and award-winning historical crime series set in India, starring Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee. Discover richly vivid, wonderful interplay between the characters and thought provoking storylines. This is a series to stick on the top of your to-be-read pile. Books in The Sam Wyndham Series: 1. A Rising Man 2. A Necessary Evil 3. Smoke and Ashes 4. Death in the East 5. The Shadows of Men Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

Other books by Abir Mukherjee

The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

This searingly eloquent historical crime novel set in 1920’s India contains sharply pointed humour and a thrilling plot. Imperial Police Force officers Sam Wyndham and Surendranath Banerjee find themselves up to their necks in trouble when a murder threatens religious war. Here we are at book five in the award-winnning Wyndham and Banerjee series. Not only does each successive book add to the intricate layers that have gone before, but they also manage to exceed sky-high expectations. You could also successfully step in part way through this series and feel right at home (always the sign of fabulous writing). Having said that, do start with A Rising Man and work your way through in order, as to miss the full experience of this reading journey would be a crime. The joy of the relationship between Banerjee and Wyndham, and how it alters and grows is one of the highlights for me. It is continuing to develop into a true partnership, where each brings their own particular strengths and learns from the other. I can happily declare that these two are among my favourite crime-fighting duo’s in literature and I loved the dual narrative. Abir Mukherjee has the most exquisite timing, the humour stings as it plays alongside the drama and violence. The setting of Calcutta and Bombay, and the political and social history of this time roar into vibrant evocative life. The Shadows of Men is a vivid, powerful, scorching-hot read that I can recommend with my heart and soul as a LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month.

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The Sinful Silence

The Sinful Silence

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2021

The Sinful Silence by Abir Mukherjee

Death in the East

Death in the East

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

'Death in the East is the best so far of an unmissable series' The Times Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920s India. 1905, London. When Bessie Drummond, an old flame of Sam Wyndham's, is attacked in the street, he is determined to get to the bottom of it. But the next day, Bessie is found dead in her room and Wyndham soon finds himself caught up in her murder investigation. The case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined. 1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, ready to put his opium addiction behind him. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London - a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again. Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain that this figure from can only be after one thing: revenge... **WINNER OF THE CWA SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER 2020** *A SUNDAY TIMES BOOKS OF 2021 PICK* ______________________ Praise for the Sam Wyndham series: 'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin 'Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express 'A brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted' C. J. Sansom 'Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced.' Daily Mirror

Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2019

** A THE SUNDAY TIMES BEST 100 BEST CRIME NOVELS SINCE 1945** 'Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted' C.J. Sansom India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den. When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there's a deranged killer on the loose. However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career. As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead... SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA SAPERE HISTORICAL DAGGER SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 HWA GOLD CROWN LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA GOLD DAGGER Praise for the Wyndham and Banerjee series: 'It is the flamboyant evocation of Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read' Guardian 'A thought-provoking rollercoaster' Ian Rankin 'Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj' Daily Express If you enjoyed Smoke and Ashes further books in the Wyndham and Banerjee series are available now: A Rising Man A Necessary Evil Death in the East The Shadows of Men

Sin is the New Love

Sin is the New Love

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/08/2018

Sin is the New Love by Abir Mukherjee

Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/06/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee, read by Simon Bubb.**From the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award**India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he's seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there's a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.Set against the backdrop of the fervent fight for Indian independence, and rich with the atmosphere of 1920s Calcutta, Smoke and Ashes is the brilliant new historical mystery in this award-winning series.'Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted.' CJ SANSOM

A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2018

**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

Necessary Evil

Necessary Evil

Author: Abir Mukherjee Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee, read by Simon Bubb.The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit's death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Punit was a moderniser whose attitudes - and romantic relationship - may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother appears to be a feckless playboy. And when Annie Grant, the first woman to capture Wyndham's heart since the death of his wife, arrives in the kingdom, Wyndham knows this is going to be a case that is as challenging personally as it is professionally.

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