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Selected by the Telegraph, FT and Guardian as one of the best crime books ofA skilfully blended dual narrative twice the intrigue, twice the fun Mukherjee is at the top of his game Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, on Death in the East The gloriously atmospheric Death in the East is his Mukherjee s best book so far, a cracking read ScotsmanThe perfect combination of mystery and history Telegraph Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender not Banerjee, are back for another rip roaring adventure set in s India, 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 than he ever imagined, 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 revengePraise for the Sam Wyndham series A thought provoking rollercoaster Ian RankinDeath in the East is as vivid and atmospheric as its predecessors Guardian 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 Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced Daily Mirror An absolute delight Daily Mail Slightly different to previous outings but a cleverly woven tale that alternates between two episodes of Wyndham s life The only problem was that the earlier tale is satisfying than the Indian bit Nevertheless very enjoyable read. It s no real secret that I am a big fan of the Sam Wyndham series as it combines two of my favourite things, murder and history, so when I was given the chance to read the latest instalment I did a little happy dance and I was torn between racing though it in the same way I had done the previous three books or savouring it, knowing that once I had read it, I would have to wait ages for the next one Once I started reading it, that decision was taken out of my hands and I finished it within a couple of days, followed by the compulsory googling of certain historical events to find out about them.Death in the East is a little different from the previous books in the series, in so much as the story goes between London in 1905, when Sam was a new constable in the police force and India in 1922, when he is going through treatment for his opium addiction Sam s colleague, Sergeant Surendranath Surender not Banerjee is not with him for this, but when a fellow member of the retreat is found dead in mysterious circumstances, Sam calls for his assistance.Flitting between Sam s past and his present gives just that little bit of an insight into what makes him tick and shows that he has always had a dogged determination to get to the truth rather than taking the easy route to solving a case that was favoured by his superiors With the mystery of how Bessie was murdered to solve his sense of doing what was right often saw him associating with some of the not so savoury characters of London What was quite disheartening to see was that over time attitudes towards those we do not know or understand have not really changed Immigrants and their way of life was feared, and that fear turned to hatred.The story takes us to a different part of India that is remote and, in some ways, stuck in the ways of British rule and sense of entitlement, and not yet really touched by what was happening in other parts of the country There is a definite shift in Surrender not s attitude towards the British and how he is treated by them He has always taken the sly digs and being taken as a second class citizen in his own country and his refusal to stop working with the British police even caused a rift with his own family I think this change is partly due to the fact he has been put in charge of the investigation over Sam and partly to show the changes in India at that time I for one really liked to see him standing up for himself and being assertive even when he did go a tad overboard at times, which was a reaction to the way he was being dismissed by potential suspects.For those of you who have survived to the bottom of what is possibly my longest ever review of a book my verdict is the following just in case you were in any doubt Death in the East is another absolutely brilliant book and you would be daft not to go out and buy it For me the series just keeps getting better and better And if you haven t got the first three in the series why not as you don t know what you are missing. Hugely enjoyed this 4th outing for Wyndham and Banerjee A step away from the previous novels split over time and location and perhaps disappointingly less interplay between the two police protagonists Abir Mukherjee has certainly delivered, as each book in the series is better than the one before Would thoroughly recommend but suggest reading them in order. I ve always been a little bit sceptical about the series, even though I have read them all.The best is the third in the series Otherwise I would have given up by now This book starts well and ends very well Inbetween, it is quite slow The interweaving of the two narratives is frustrating and uneven Quite frankly the earlier story is interesting than the later one.The plot of the second story is a bit dodgy as I cannot imagine that the British raj would have designated an Indian sergeant to lead the investigation But the device does allow the two lead characters to evolve in a potentially fascinating way.So, well worth reading and I will perserveve with the series But I hope that next time, the author can lift it to a higher level.