A Necessary Evil

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Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee, read by Simon Bubb.

The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.

When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague ‘Surrender-Not’ Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit’s death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Punit was a moderniser whose attitudes – and romantic relationship – may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother appears to be a feckless playboy.

And when Annie Grant, the first woman to capture Wyndham’s heart since the death of his wife, arrives in the kingdom, Wyndham knows this is going to be a case that is as challenging personally as it is professionally.

Critics Review

  • Even better than his first… What is most striking about Mukherjee’s novels is his infectious enjoyment of the human oddity of the British in India… Even better is his portrayal of the mix of opulence and spirituality that characterises Sambalpore under its sybaritic but benevolent maharaja… I can’t imagine anyone failing to enjoy it

    Daily Telegraph
  • A year ago I welcomed the arrival of Captain Sam Wyndham and his faithful Sergeant… and I am delight to report that his return is every bit as engaging

    Daily Mail
  • A richly detailed period gem boasting the British Raj’s exotic setting and a gripping “whydunit” spun around an intriguing cast

    Booklist
  • An intriguing and enjoyable crime novel

    Stylist
  • He writes beautifully, bringing the colourful kingdom of Sambalpore to vivid life and taking the reader on a highly entertaining journey to unearth the dark secrets as its core, with unexpected twists on the way to a satisfying finale

    Daily Express

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