Harvill Secker has signed two new books from Abir Mukherjee, whose debut historical crime novel A Rising Man was selected as Waterstones’ Thriller Book of the Month in May of this year. Jade Chandler, Editorial Director for Crime and Thrillers, acquired World Rights All Languages for the titles from Sam Copeland at RCW. The books will be the fourth and fifth entries in the Captain Sam Wyndham series, set in 1920s Calcutta (as it was then).
A Rising Man is currently shortlisted for both the CWA Gold and CWA Historical Daggers, and is also shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown 2017. Abir was a guest of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Bloody Scotland festivals this summer and will also appear at Noireland this autumn.
Jade Chandler said, ‘I’m so pleased that we’re going to be publishing more books starring the unforgettable pairing of Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee. Abir is a complete delight to work with and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for his brilliant detective duo.’
Sam Copeland said, ‘Dashing Scot Abir Mukherjee is a huge talent and Harvill Secker have been wonderfully supportive. Together they have created great success and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.’
Abir Mukherjee said, ‘A few years ago, Harvill Secker gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of writing. Since then they have supported me every step of the way and I’m delighted to be continuing our partnership.’
Mukherjee’s second novel, A Necessary Evil, will be published in paperback in spring 2018, with his new hardback, Smoke and Ashes, to follow in summer 2018. Abir Mukherjee grew up in the West of Scotland. The son of Indian immigrants, A Rising Man, his debut novel, was inspired by a desire to learn more about this crucial period in Anglo- Indian history that seems to have been almost forgotten. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and became the first in a series starring Captain Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee.
Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.