A Rising Man
by Abir Mukherjee
Calcutta, India 1st of April 1919 is where this remarkable novel begins. Captain Sam Wyndham a survivor (barely) of the hell in the second Battle of the Marne finds himself at the doors of the Imperial Police Force (Bengal Division).
As a former policeman and CID operative, he is in Calcutta at the behest of Commissioner Taggart, his former superior (military intelligence during the war), who has a “need of good detectives”.
Soon, Captain Wyndham and the brilliant Sergeant Banerjee become involved in a story of intrigue and death. The continual repression during the Raj, and racial intolerance, resulting in threats of revolution, are woven throughout the fabric of the tale.
This complex and well written novel moved me to further explore the British colonial presence in India. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Review by L.C.M.