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Abir Mukherjee


Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he's been a fan of crime fiction ever since. The child of immigrants from India, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo-Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and became the first in a series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and 'Surrender-not' Banerjee. Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.

Genres: Historical Mystery
Jhalak Prize Best Book nominee (2016) : A Rising Man
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2017) : A Rising Man
Barry Awards Best First Novel nominee (2018) : A Rising Man
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2018) : A Necessary Evil
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2019) : A Necessary Evil
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (2020) : Death in the East
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2020) : Smoke and Ashes

Abir Mukherjee recommends
This Green and Pleasant Land (2019)
Ayisha Malik
"Thoughtful, funny, excellently written and deserves to be read by everyone . . . it's the standout book of the year."
Nightingale Point (2019)
Luan Goldie
"Luan Goldie is one to watch. Her writing is heartfelt and sublime."
How to Kidnap the Rich (2021)
Rahul Raina
"Intelligent, witty and sublime. I'm hooked. Remember the name. You'll be hearing more of it in future."
Two Storm Wood (2021)
Philip Gray
"Atmospheric and meticulously researched, Two Storm Wood sheds light on the horrors and the trauma that continued even after the Armistice. It is that most wonderful of creations-a novel that informs while keeping you on the edge of your seat."
The Waiter (2021)
(Detective Kamil Rahman, book 1)
Ajay Chowdhury
"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."
Death in Blitz City (2022)
David Young
"Up there with MArtin Cruz Smith and the other greats."

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