'Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted'

C.J. Sansom


India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.

But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den.


When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there's a deranged killer on the loose.


However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career.

As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead . . .


'It is the flamboyant evocation of Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read'



Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:


'A thought-provoking rollercoaster'

Ian Rankin


'Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction'

The Times


Cracking... A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj'

Daily Express



Abir Mukherjee - Smoke And Ashes