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Necessary Evil Hardcover – 3 April 2018

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  • Publisher : Pegasus Crime (3 April 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1681776715
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1681776712
  • Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.81 x 22.86 cm
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"A Necessary Evil contains much local color, information about the Raj, good detection and a tiger hunt on elephant back. There are several unexpected plot twists, satisfying to the mystery buff."-- "Popular Culture Association"

"Brilliant. Wyndam is an intriguing protagonist, offering crisp narration that's sometimes slightly arrogant, sometimes amusingly self-effacing. Add in clever dialogue that's laden with double entendre, and what more can a hardcore whodunit fan ask for?"-- "Bookpage (Top 10 Mystery of the Year)"

"Capitalizes on all the best traits that made his debut, A Rising Man, such a success: relatable characters, rich period detail, accomplished prose, and a fascinating central crime. With A Necessary Evil, Mukherjee has secured his ranking as one of today's best writers of historical crime fiction."-- "BOLO Books"

"Impressive. This successful evocation of the Raj in the service of a brilliant whodunit demonstrates that Mukherjee's debut was no fluke."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred)"

"Mukherjee is adept at multifaceted, slow-burn plot manipulations. Packed with incident and intrigue, yet never in a way that sacrifices historical verisimilitude or character development for the sake of a thrill. At its heart, the novel and its prequel, A Rising Man, take the buddy-cop formula and turn it on its head in endless rotations. From the cars to the flowers to the moth-eaten flags, Wyndham sees empire for the lie that it is. This makes him an intriguing embodiment of the intricacies and hypocrisies of the period--especially in Mukherjee's hands."-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"

"The novel has a great sense of time and place (be prepared to mop sweat off your brow from the heat!), a fascinating mystery, and an intriguing ending. Definitely recommended!"-- "Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice)"

"This atmospheric sequel to A Rising Man establishes a strong sense of place by showcasing in rich detail the life of a wealthy maharaja with his wives, concubines, and hundreds of children. Mukherjee further develops his brooding, introspective, and flawed lead protagonist, who relies on his partner's in-depth knowledge of Indian culture and traditions. Fans of the author's acclaimed debut, Sujata Massey's The Widows of Malabar Hill, and mysteries dependent on international locations and history will appreciate this crime novel.""-- "Library Journal (starred)"

About the Author

Abir Mukherjee is the author of the award-winning Wyndham & Banerjee series of crime novels set in Raj-era India. He has won the CWA Historical Dagger and the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, and has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the HWA Gold Crown, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. His novels include A Rising Man, A Necessary Evil, Smoke and Ashes, and Death in the East. Abir grew up in Scotland and now lives in Surrey, England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderfully plotted and paced, with just the right balance of action, description and dialogue
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