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A Rising Man

Lu par : Simon Bubb
Série : Sam Wyndham, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 40 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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The winner of the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition.

Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.

A senior official has been murdered, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India - or else. With rising political dissent and the stability of the Raj under threat, Wyndham and his two new colleagues - arrogant Inspector Digby and British-educated but Indian-born Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID - embark on an investigation that will take them from the luxurious parlours of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city. The start of an atmospheric and enticing new historical crime series.

©2016 Abir Mukherjee (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Sujata Massey
  • 18/05/2016

Raj Revisited in fast-paced police procedural

Fantastic characters, meticulous research, and a wealth of characters make this a terrific listen. I cannot wait for the next one! Abir Mukherjee also weaves in a great sense of humor to keep one smiling while the suspense builds. One of my best audiobook purchases ever.

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  • Gary
  • 09/06/2016

Don't Miss this Book and Performance

I've been listening to one or two books a month for over a year and this book is the best of any of them. The story was fast paced and believable with enough twists to make it a great read. Simon Bubb is the best narrator I've heard so far. Can't wait for the next in the series.

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  • Madeleine
  • 14/08/2016

Compelling mystery in a rich setting

Set in colonial Calcutta just after WWI, this is a very fertile setting for a creditably woven mystery. I found the detective character a little conveniently stupid for plotting purposes, but engaging nonetheless. I wouldn't say the actual mystery itself is all that surprising, but the setting and characters - especially the secondary characters - make up for it. If you like detective fiction in interesting and fresh historical settings, you'll really enjoy this.

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  • susan
  • 10/05/2016

Great narrator!

Good detective story, taking place in India during the period of the Raj. The narration was a pleasure.

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  • Marie
  • 16/08/2016

Superb narration enhances first rate story

I enjoyed A Rising Man, with its perspective on British India in 1919. I was amazed to discover that only slightly more than 100,000 Britians were able to control a country of 300 million Indians. So much history to tell. And the author does it well. Though, for me, the story was slow at times when characters lectured our detective (and the reader) in order to convey that history. I would have preferred that Wyndam had spent a bit more time in the street experiencing India. Hence my 4 stars for the story. I find that first person narratives are often a bit detached from the setting. I would recommend the book, however. The first person narrative issue is a personal one and shouldn't detract from an excellent book.

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  • MooseCatel
  • 31/08/2016

Your Basic Murder Mystery, Fascinating Setting

I really enjoyed this book. It would make a really good PBS mini-series. It's your basic murder mystery, but the time and place, and supporting characters is what makes this story shine. I do hope that Mr. Mukherjee writes another Wyndam/Banerjee book. It's nice to read a story about colonial India where the Indians are the true heroes.

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  • lacy
  • 28/06/2016

A wonderful new author and series

What did you love best about A Rising Man?

The depth of characters and history.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Many twists and turns. So very well written.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait for the next book to be written.

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  • 12/11/2016

Good solid who dunnit and empire

A well written tale that keeps one guessing till the end. Its not magnificently original but its solid and a lot of fun.
The main characters are nicely drawn and engaging. The pomposity of empire is adds a lightness with an undertone of skulduggery and class warfare.
I will certainly be reading the next adventure of Sam and Surrender Not

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  • Julie Campbell
  • 24/09/2016

Murder and the British Raj

Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI and former inspector with Scotland Yard, has been persuaded to move to Calcutta and work with the police there.  He is still trying to find is footing in this strange new country when a white high-placed government employee is found murdered outside an Indian whorehouse.

This would have been an excellent mystery anyway, but I believe it is even more so because the author is a Brit from an Indian heritage who is able to give the reader insight into thinking and attitudes of both the British Raj and the Indians. 

Simon Bubb is now of of my favorite readers, able to both distinguish the characters, and accurately handle multiple accents.

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  • 26/12/2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this hysterical detective novel

Excellent storytelling and character building. Portrays the city of Kolkata during the time of British Raj and revolutionary movements. Narration is good, would listen to next audio books in the series. Apart from being a detective story it also provides good perspective on British Raj during that time in India.