The Shadows of Men

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Award-winning writer Abir Mukherjee is back with another brilliant mystery novel in the Raj-era Wyndham and Banerjee series.


Calcutta, 1923

When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?

Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this ‘unmissable’ (The Times) series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

© Abir Mukherjee 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • I loved the slick dovetailing of the dual narrative and the sharp, humorous writing…An engaging, evocative thriller that captures the heat of Indian nights and heady days of a bygone era, without being sentimental or simplistic. For me, the murder mystery and historical elements were perfectly woven together.

    Janice Hallett, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Appeal on The Shadows of Men
  • The Shadows of Men finds the always reliable Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Award-winner Abir Mukherjee on fine form

    Financial Times
  • The Shadows of Men is a fabulous read – exciting, moving and highly entertaining.

    Ajay Chowdhury, author of THE WAITER
  • The Shadows of Men displays all Mukherjee’s usual brio, comic timing and eye for historical colour. It is a crime story, but also the tale of Banerjee’s reckoning with himself and his involvement in the British Raj, a regime he increasingly despises. Thought-provoking, page-turning and immersive.

    Antonia Senior, The Times
  • This brilliant mingling of real history and fictional invention kicks off a series that does for the Raj what Philip Kerr did for the Reich

    The Times, on A Rising Man

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