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The Waiter

(2021)
(The first book in the Detective Kamil Rahman series)
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*As seen on The One Show*

Ex-detective Kamil Rahman is embroiled in a case that might just change his life - for better or for worse . . .


* A SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH *

'Hugely entertaining' - Ann Cleeves author of The Heron's Cry

'An outstanding debut' Sunday Times

Disgraced detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the peace of his new life is soon shattered. The day Kamil caters an extravagant party, the powerful host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool.

Suspicion falls on Rakesh's young and glamorous new wife, and Kamil is called to investigate for the family. Kamil and Anjoli, his boss's daughter, prove a winning team - yet as the case progresses, and their relationship grows, the events of Kamil's past threaten to catch up with him . . .

'A rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish' Abir Mukherjee author of The Shadows of Men

'This detective waiter has all the ingredients for a great crime series' Sun

'[Kamil is a] likeable inspector . . . We shall hear much more of him' Daily Mail

'An elegantly constructed thriller' Times

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A hugely entertaining first novel for lovers of traditional crime fiction, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane. I can't wait to read more about disgraced detective Kamil and his wonderfully drawn companion Anjoli." - Ann Cleeves

"An authentic and enthralling debut with an original new lead detective." - G R Halliday

"The Waiter is a heady mix of murder, intrigue and all things Indian. Weaving together a dual narrative with aplomb, Ajay Chowdhury's neatly-drawn detective Kamil Rahman relives his failure to solve the murder of a Bollywood A-lister in Kolkata whilst trying to solve the killing of an Indian industrialist in London. Could the two murders be connected? An accomplished crime debut that offers something a little different." - Vaseem Khan

"The Waiter is beautifully written and gloriously transporting. I really loved the glimpse into life as a Kolkata homicide detective and the vibrant and mouth-watering depiction of the Bengali restaurant trade on London's Brick Lane. Ajay Chowdhury is a refreshingly different voice in the crime genre and I can't wait to read more." - Emily Koch

"From the mean streets of Kolkata to the kitchens of Brick Lane...this is a rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish. In Kamil Rahman, Ajay has created a quixotic and all too human protagonist who is 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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