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By: Abir Mukherjee

NOW FEATURED ON ITV'S ZOE BALL BOOK CLUB 2018India, 1920. Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of Calcutta Police must investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharaja's son... Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.

But when the Maharaja's eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother - now in line to the throne - appears to be a feckless playboy. As Wyndham and Sergeant `Surrender-not' Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world.

They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them. Praise for the Sam Wyndham series:`An exceptional historical crime novel' C.J. SANSOM`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 ExpressIf you enjoyed A Necessary Evil, pre-order the third Sam Wyndham mystery, Smoke and Ashes, now. LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 CWA GOLD, STEEL AND HISTORICAL DAGGERS