The Shadows of Men

by Abir Mukherjee

Part of the Wyndham and Banerjee series Series

Crime and Mystery Star Books Historical Fiction Sharing Diverse Voices Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading Expert Review of The Shadows of Men

One of the best historical crime series to be found continues with this electrifying and powerful novel.

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.

Liz Robinson

The Shadows of Men Synopsis

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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Abir Mukherjee Press Reviews

I loved the slick dovetailing of the dual narrative and the sharp, humorous writing...An engaging, evocative thriller that captures the heat of Indian nights and heady days of a bygone era, without being sentimental or simplistic. For me, the murder mystery and historical elements were perfectly woven together. - Janice Hallett, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Appeal on The Shadows of Men

Abir Mukherjee is doing something uniquely different in the crime genre. His evocation of 1920s India under British occupation is breathtaking. He takes you there with luscious strokes of his pen and a dry wit, keeping you on the edge of your seat as he spins his tale. - Peter May, Sunday Times bestselling author on The Shadows of Men

The Shadows of Men displays all Mukherjee's usual brio, comic timing and eye for historical colour. It is a crime story, but also the tale of Banerjee's reckoning with himself and his involvement in the British Raj, a regime he increasingly despises. Thought-provoking, page-turning and immersive. - Antonia Senior, The Times

The pacing and twists are among the author's best work. This is a sterling example of a riveting whodunit plot coupled with a vivid portrayal of a seminal historical moment. - Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Shadows of Men is a fabulous read - exciting, moving and highly entertaining. -- Ajay Chowdhury, author of THE WAITER -

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ISBN: 9781784708542
Publication date: 16/06/2022
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781787300590
Publication date: 11/11/2021
Format: Hardback

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About Abir Mukherjee

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 ...

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