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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...
|Publication date:||7th June 2018|
|Publisher:||Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
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
[I]t is the flamboyant evocation of Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read -- Barry Forshaw - Guardian
Well-researched and vivid in detail... [Smoke and Ashes] delights from the first page until the last. Simply superb - Daily Express
[W]onderfully rich and entertaining period crime series -- John Williams - Mail on Sunday
Mukherjee weaves crime and history together with great skill -- Antonio Senior - The Times
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 ...More About Abir Mukherjee