Set in Calcutta during the time of the British Raj, just after World War I, the quotes from two favourite writers CJ Sansom and Ian Rankin on the front cover initially made me pick this book up.
The killing of Alexander MacAuley, an aide to the Lieutenant Governor, becomes the first case for Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee to solve.
Captain Wyndham is a complex, jaded character who has had a rather bruised start in life. He's new to Calcutta and after the war has nothing left to lose. As the story unfolds, a lot of themes around the subjugation of one country by another are deftly explored.
Through strong characterisation, the plot really dissects the political intrigue and moral tensions of the day and the story is told in a wry voice I really enjoyed.
It catapulted me into a world I didn't know much about and the atmosphere of bustling Calcutta added to the reading pleasure.
REVIEWED BY ANGIE CRAWFORD IN ASSOCIATION WITH A RISING MAN ABIR MUKHERJEE
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Feb 11, 2018|
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