Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, are back for another rip-roaring adventure set in 1920’s 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….
This is the fourth book in the Sam Wyndham series, despite having the other three books on my bookshelf this is the first I have had a chance to read, but will be rectifying this as soon as I can, starting with book one in the series. It isn’t necessary to have read the previous books as this can be read as a stand-alone.
Set in 1922, whilst on a train journey,Sam Wyndham has a shock, which has really shaken him, he gets off the train at Assam, despite the importance of his journey. Wyndham is addicted to Opiates and needs help. But a face he sees in Assam, comes as a big shock, a face he thought he would never see again, because the person who’s face he saw had been reported dead. So how is this person here if they are supposed to be dead? Sam is on his way to get help for his Opiate addiction. Is this why he thinks he saw the person, his drug addled brain? He has to deal with his addiction. In the small colonial community in Cachar Hills – things get a little messy. A body is found. A crime must be solved and injustices from the past and present need to be put right. Junior officer Surendranath pronounced by the British as surrender-not, heads up the investigation. This is a brilliantly written novel adding history, and mystery. Some great witticisms
I loved that this was set in India, the description of the places adds to the joy of reading about the different culture, as well as making you feel like you are there, that you can see the images in your mind. At the time it was a UK colony, there are some racist remarks, which aren’t so nice, but at the time I am sure this would be pretty accurate.
The story is told in a dual narrative, taking place in 1922 India and the London East End of 1905 when Sam was a young police constable, and the death of Bessie Drummond. Filled with plot twists, to keep the reader turning the pages. A fairly slow pace initially which gradually builds to a faster action packed pace to the end, leading to a shocking and amazing ending. I look forward to going back to the first book and starting the series from there and reading this one again after the first three books.
But I did enjoy this one giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
I would like to thank #netgalley and #RandomHouseUK for an ecopy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review.
Abir Mukherjee is the best selling author of the Wyndham & Banerjee 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 shortlisted for the MWA Edgar for best novel, 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 CEA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of 2018, and was featured on ITV as a Zoe Ball Book Club pick. His third novel,Smoke and Ashes is available. This is the fourth book in the series. Abir grew up in Scotland and lives in London with his wife and two sons.