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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300583
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $37.00

Death in the East

The fourth novel in the award-winning Sam Wyndham historical mystery series

**From the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award and the 2018 Wilbur Smith Award**

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 . . .

Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:

‘A thought-provoking rollercoaster’ Ian Rankin

‘Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction’ The Times

‘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

  • Pub date: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781787300583
  • Imprint: Harvill Secker
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee grew up in the west of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he’s been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about a crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. A Rising Man won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and became the first in a series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee. It went on to win the CWA Historical Dagger and was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.

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Praise for Death in the East

“As ever, Abir Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India and the action is perfectly paced, but this volume has a depth that makes it stand out. His best yet”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express

“In his most accomplished and complex novel yet, Mukherjee keeps the reader enthralled as the duo race towards a brilliant conclusion. Death in the East is a contender for the best thriller of the year.”

Jon Coates, Daily Express

“Death in the East is the best so far of an unmissable series”

Antonia Senior, The Times, *Book of the month*

“The perfect combination of mystery and history”

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express, *Books of the Year*

“A skilfully blended dual narrative: twice the intrigue, twice the fun. Mukherjee is at the top of his game”

Mick Herron, award-winning author of London Blues

“My favourite historical crime series by far. The dark days of the British Raj are so vividly painted. Utterly magnificent”

MW Craven, author of The Puppet Show

“The gloriously atmospheric Death in the East is his [Mukherjee’s] best book so far, a cracking read”

Jackie McGlone, Scotsman

“Death in the East is an outstanding work of historical fiction that brings characters and their imagined histories to life like no other writer.”

Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me

“Mukherjee’s style is elegantly conversational, his research is convincing and one of his murder methods is ingenious”

Natasha Cooper, Literary Review

“Mukherjee not only steeps us in the atmosphere of the Raj but also recreates a teeming early-twentieth-century London, exploring issues of migration and xenophobia, matters all too relevant to our current moment. The author spoils us by presenting not one but two locked room mysteries, the second particularly devilish.”

Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Agency series

“Issues of identity, nationalism, historical memory…and cultural hybridity course through Mukherjee’s hugely entertaining novels. Like their creator, they are both good-humoured and socially engaged”

Teddy Jamieson, Herald

“Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced. It’s his best yet”

Jake Kerridge, Daily Mirror

“A brilliant change of pace, displaying Mukherjee’s growing confidence as a writer”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“Death in the East is as vivid and atmospheric as its predecessors”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“A rip-roaring adventure”


“An absolute delight”

Anthony Cummins, Daily Mail, *Books of the Year*

“Mukherjee’s series…is emerging as one of the finest in contemporary crime fiction”

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday, *Books of the Year*

“I feel my skin prickle with the heat when I read Mukherjee’s books, and I’m desolate when I come to the final page and realise there is no more. In Death in the East, he employs a dual narrative which, despite being set a century ago, draws disturbing parallels with society today.”

Damon Fairclough, Northern Soul, *Books of the Year*

“Almost criminally entertaining… offering contemporary crime readers a complete package of well-conceived characters, compelling crimes to be solves, a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride of plot, a smattering of sardonic humour, a vividly evoked setting and thought-provoking insights into the historical context of the period Abir is writing about”

Tina Jackson, Writing

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