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  • By: Abir Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,052 ratings)

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A Rising Man

By: Abir Mukherjee
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
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Summary

The winner of the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition.

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India - or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues - arrogant Inspector Digby and British-educated but Indian-born Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID - embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city. The start of an atmospheric and enticing new historical crime series.

©2016 Abir Mukherjee (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Excellent! Worthy of Rankin

This is one of my favourite audiobooks and indeed books ever. Excellent writing & perfect performance reading.

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A Rising Star in Mukherjee

It is no surprise that this book has won an award; it is so much more than a crime novel, as it is set at the time of the movement for Indian independence from the British Raj and paints a clear picture of life in Calcutta in 1919.

Told from the perspective of Wyndham who is is something of an outsider, it provides observations on colonial attitudes and of the inevitable changes which would bear fruition in 1948..But, above all, it's a brilliant and intriguing story, narrated perfectly by Simon Bubb who seems to capture the essence of the character..Highly recommended

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This is an excellent story of Calcutta and Empire at the end of WW1. Sam Wyndham has been brought in by the police chief to clean up the department. He is thrown into finding the killer of a high profile local civil servant almost as soon as he has landed and rapidly finds himself in deep trouble and complex political problems.
There are all sorts of strands to this story - empire, trade, business, race, nationalism and many more issues that make this a rich and interesting story. There is also some humour to amuse the listener and an excellent narrator.
I hope this is just the first as the characters could all be developed.

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An interesting first novel

The novelist describes Calcutta life in the build up to the breakdown of life prior to independence. All nationalities, including Anglo-Indian are well integrated in the narrative.
The narrator was excellent with true Scottish and Irish accents which brought the characters to life. I would recommend this novel to any of my friends

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Loved it ...

A really good story, unfolding gently, without too much gore, to an excellent end. The narration was superb, and the characters were diverse and tangible. Loved it.

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Excellent first novel

Looking forward to the rest of this trilogy. Excellent historical crime novel set in India after WW1. What was so good was the view of the Raj from an Indian point of view. Well balanced but enough to keep one thinking of the politics and history on top of a well constructed crime story. As good as David Downing , Peter May or William Ryan at their best.

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A Rising Man

I think the title refers as much to the author as the central character.

I came across this via an Ian Rankin recommendation, and I guess, like most of us, that we are searching for the next thing to get excited about. Where do you go when you have run out of Rankin or Peter May?

As a debut, this is quite remarkable. The narration is too. A worthy investment of your time.

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An excellent story

An excellent story and very well read. I particularly enjoyed the Scots accents. The narrator does a wonderful job of capturing the listeners attention. Heartedly recommended.

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Outstanding

Throughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, story never dimmed and the narration equalled it.

Let's just hope this isn't the last time we hear from Sam and co!

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Listened to this during the hottest week in August

This was a great listen. Well written and fast moving....except for the heat of course. I felt as if I was in Calcutta, it was hot this week and so this added to the atmosphere. The Hougly river, Lalbazaar, now I want to visit India, although I probably never will. I really got excited about this story, the twists at the end, the fascinating interplay between the men. I liked it especially as it was written by a man with Indian ancestry, I wonder if this made a difference? I will never know. I am looking forward to following Surendrnot and Captain Wyndham to their next adventure. Jaldi jaldi as the good captain would say.

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