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Smoke and Ashes (Sam Wyndham 3) - Abir Mukherjee

Smoke and Ashes (Sam Wyndham 3) - Abir Mukherjee

Title: Smoke and Ashes

Author:  Abir Mukherjee

ISBN:  9781911215141

Weight:  889g

Signed first edition, first printing



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Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

India, 1921.  Haunted by his memories of the Great War, 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.

Set against the backdrop of the fervent fight for Indian independence, and rich with the atmosphere of 1920s Calcutta, Smoke and Ashes is the brilliant new historical mystery in this award-winning series.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

CJ Sansom

…it is the flamboyant evocation of 1920s Calcutta that makes this such a mesmerising read.

Barry Forshaw, Guardian

Mukherjee weaves crime and history together with great skill.

Antonio Senior, Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title Smoke and Ashes
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘Signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  Because the paper used for the jacket has a laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Series Sam Wyndham – book 3
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Award 2020 – shortlist

CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger 2019 – shortlist

CWA Gold Dagger 2019 – longlist

UK National Book Awards 2018 – shortlist (Zoë’s Book Club)

Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781911215141
ISBN 10 1911215140
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 327
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Nick Tucker
Jacket photographs Getty Images

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