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A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee is the first in a series of detective novels based in India in the early 1920’s . Sam Wyndham is a detective from Scotland Yard who escapes his First World war experiences for a new life in Calcutta. The mysteries are as good as any detective novel but the backdrop of life in Calcutta as the power of the Raj is declining are insightful and illuminating. The relationships and power dynamics between Indians and the British are fascinating. A historical and travel book entangled in an escapist detective story.
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