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  • Detective Kamil Rahman, Book 1
  • By: Ajay Chowdhury
  • Narrated by: Mikhail Sen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)

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The Waiter

By: Ajay Chowdhury
Narrated by: Mikhail Sen
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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The Times Audiobook of the Week.

Kamil Rahman, disgraced detective-turned-waiter, is about to find himself embroiled in a case that might just change his life...for better or for worse.

Disgraced detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters a birthday party for his boss's friend on Millionaire's Row, his simple new life becomes rather complicated. The event is a success, the food is delicious, but later that evening the host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool.

Suspicion falls on Rakesh's new wife, Neha, and Kamil is called to investigate for the family, with the help of his boss's daughter, Anjoli. Kamil and Anjoli prove a capable team - but as the investigation progresses, Kamil struggles to keep memories of the case that destroyed his career in Kolkata at bay...and his past will soon catch up with him in some rather unexpected ways.

©2021 Ajay Chowdhury (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A hugely entertaining first novel, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane." (Ann Cleeves)

"A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish...a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year." (Abir Mukherjee)

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Great story brilliantly narrated

loved the book. The plaiting of two segments really worked to build the layers and maintain the readers attention. Had to try really hard nit just to consume in one go.
The narration was perfect, the range of tones and accents added authenticity often missing in audiobook.
Thank you both.

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Written by a child

The obvious explained. The inconsistencies ignored. The cliches poured on! Nothing really made sense from the language to the plot. The waiter was pitched as the central character was a complete fool!

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Bland

I'm getting increasingly bored with stories that go back and forth in time, to tell us readers what the "trauma" or original sin was that then caused the present events. The characters of this book could be interesting but unfortunately are very two-dimensional. They change their mind and values very easily and quickly. The thriller plot itself was paper-thin. I quite liked the narrator, even though there were weird, longer than you'd expect pauses sometimes, I guess an editing issue? All in all not awful but there's so much better out there.

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whodunnit in London and Kolkota

Well plotted detective story with a kind of Agatha Christie whodunit at its heart. very absorbing.

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Dreadful

Terrible writing with drinking game proportions of cliches. Very disappointing particularly having read a positive review in The Sunday Times. Maybe it was about a different book…..

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My Ears Glazed Over

I suspect the author has tried to copy Abir Mukherjee but unfortunately has failed miserably. There are two murders being investigated by Kamil Rahman, one when he was a detective in Calcutta and one while he was a waiter in London. Unfortunately the result feels jumbled. There aren’t Characters, just names with no personality and after a time I found my eyes closing and my attention wandering.

Sorry, it just doesn’t work for me and I gave up par way into the recording.
Disappointing.

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Basic, despite being well thought of

This is really a note to myself - while it draws the Brick Lane community well, it's plodding and feels in need of a good edit. The twists are signalled far in advance and no-one in India could be this naive about corruption. Coincidence, odd lurches of character (why do the local UK police help him?) and weird presicence play far to big a part of the whole plot.

Avoid more in this series (and probably more by this author). yes the cover is pretty, but the writing is not. And you skimmed rather than read the second half of the book - and crucially it was exactly as expected. Avoid.

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Great plot and well structured

I got this on a recommendation and so pleased I did. The contrast between the detective and the waiter is so well drawn.

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Refreshing - well written and surprising

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are plausible and many of them evoke sympathy. There were plenty of plot twists and unusually I didn’t work out ‘whodunnit’ until just before the reveal.

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Very enjoyable

Well paced plot and excellent narration, lovely voice! Enjoyed the reasoning behind various bits of questionable decision-making on the part of some of the characters, more about human flaws than good and evil, much more believable.

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