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Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick Surrender-Not Banerjee return in this prize-winning historical crime series set in 1920s Calcutta. 

India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of World War I, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force. 

When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug-addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den - and revealing his presence there could cost him his career. 

With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-Not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.

©2018 Abir Mukherjee (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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A great story ruined by poor narration

Having finished the first two of Abir Mukherjee’s novels on Audible, I looked forward to the third in the series and was sorely disappointed. The narrator seems to not understand the character whom he is playing and misses all the subtlety of the humor that is sprinkled throughout the text. It is not a reader who needed, but an actor who portrays each character as an individual and who can mimic the correct accent for each.

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Need the narrator for the first book

Books are great but narrator of first book WAS the voice of Wyndham. The upper crust accent of this narrator just does not work.

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going downhill

The first book was good, with a new, postcolonial perspective on British arrogance in India. But now it’s going for a formula, with a highly unlikely, action movie ending that plays out just like the previous episode. Forgettable, under-developed characters and zero intrigue.

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Excellent!

I have thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books! This one kept me guessing until the very end. The author does an excellent job describing what life was like in India in this time period and has developed wonderful characters to follow. The narrator is excellent and the listening experience so enjoyable I hated for the story to end! I can’t wait for Sam’s next adventure!!

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A wonderful surprise

I wasn’t expecting much when I started this book. I had little interest in India and I almost stopped reading it. But the more I read, the better I liked it. I started understanding the books’ high ratings. Now I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Strongly preferred narrator from books 1 & 2

This narrator is not bad by any means but the narrator from the first two books in the series did much better at making Sam likable and bringing across his sense of humor. Without that, Sam just comes off as a one dimensional snob. Still a good book though.