Smoke and ashes : a novel / Abir Mukherjee.

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      First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
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      Summary: Recognizing ritualistic injuries on a murder victim from a memory compromised by his opium addiction, Captain Sam Wyndham, aided by sidekick Surrender-Not Banerjee, struggles to solve two mysteries while hiding his personal demons from the Calcutta police force.
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      Smoke & ashes.
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      MUKHERJEE, A. Smoke and ashes : a novel. [s. l.]: Pegasus Books, 2019. ISBN 9781643130149. Disponível em: Acesso em: 18 jan. 2020.
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      Mukherjee A. Smoke and Ashes : A Novel. Pegasus Books; 2019. Accessed January 18, 2020.
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      Mukherjee, A. (2019). Smoke and ashes : a novel. Pegasus Books. Retrieved from
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      Mukherjee, Abir. 2019. Smoke and Ashes : A Novel. Pegasus Books.
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      Mukherjee, A. (2019) Smoke and ashes : a novel. Pegasus Books. Available at: (Accessed: 18 January 2020).
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      Mukherjee, A 2019, Smoke and ashes : a novel, Pegasus Books, viewed 18 January 2020, .
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      Mukherjee, Abir. Smoke and Ashes : A Novel. Pegasus Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Mukherjee, Abir. Smoke and Ashes : A Novel. Pegasus Books, 2019.
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      Mukherjee A. Smoke and ashes : a novel [Internet]. Pegasus Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Jan 18]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1

*Starred Review* In 1921 Calcutta, Gandhi's peaceful protests are wreaking havoc on the Raj, and things aren't going well for Imperial Police Captain Sam Wyndham and his partner, Sergeant Surrender-Not Banerjee. Sam is struggling to conceal his opium addiction, and Surrender-Not's position in the Imperial Police has alienated his family. When Sam flees a vice raid at an opium den, his troubles come to an unavoidable head. In the den's storeroom, Sam finds a man's mutilated body, but he can't report it without revealing himself. By the next day, CID hasn't been notified of the murder, and Sam and Surrender-Not are occupied with orders to persuade C. R. Das, Gandhi's compatriot and Surrender-Not's close family friend, to halt protests planned to greet Prince Edward's tour of India. The diversion is short-lived (and futile): within days, Sam and Surrender-Not are on the trail of a murderer who has killed a military nurse and a Raj scientist in the same grotesque manner as the victim in the opium den. Their investigation reveals a horrifying tale of secret experiments (a WWI legacy) and a revenge plot that threatens thousands of innocent lives. This series' third installment (after A Necessary Evil, 2018) is pivotal for Sam and Surrender-Not's characters and for colonial India; Mukherjee skillfully manipulates that tension as he darkens the atmosphere in this thoughtful narrative. Definitely the series' best entry so far. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 January #4

Mukherjee makes the most of his setting, 1921 Calcutta, in his superior third mystery featuring the all-too-human Capt. Sam Wyndham, of the British Imperial Police, and his Indian assistant, Sgt. "Surrender-Not" Banerjee (after 2018's A Necessary Evil). Wyndham's drug addiction puts him in a tight spot when the opium den he's visiting is raided by his colleagues. In the course of escaping, he comes upon a dying Chinese man, whose eyes have been gouged out and who has been stabbed in the chest. Wyndham doesn't report the encounter in order to keep his substance abuse a secret from his superiors, but that choice becomes problematic when another person is murdered in the same way. His efforts to catch the killer, which aren't welcomed by the military for some reason, are complicated by the threat of mass peaceful demonstrations, timed to coincide with a visit to the city by the Prince of Wales, which would embarrass the British Crown. Mukherjee, who only gets better and better with each book, has established himself as a leading historical mystery writer. Agent: Sam Copeland, Rogers, Coleridge & White (U.K.). (Mar.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.