A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil

A Novel

Book - 2018
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India, 1920. The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines, and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Adhir was a modernizer whose attitudes--and romantic relationships--may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother--now in line to the throne--appears to be a feckless playboy. As Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination, they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules--and those who cross their paths pay with their lives. They must find a murderer, before the murderer finds them . . .
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2018
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781681776712
Branch Call Number: MF MUKHERJEE
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm


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May 20, 2019

Great writer. A good mystery and I love the Captain and his sergeant. I feel like I'm inside the Captain's head as he works to solve the mystery and his personal life.

May 03, 2019

2nd book in the series. See my comments about A Rising Man, the first book. Loved it!!!

Tigard_AnnieS Jan 23, 2019

The assassination of a Maharaja's son takes Captain Wyndham and Sgt., Surrender-Not, Banerjee, away from Calcutta to a wealthy northern kingdom rich from their diamond mines. Political intrigue and palace politics set against the deterioration of British colonial rule make for a rich, atmospheric setting. Great for those who enjoy historic flavor with their murder mysteries.

Oct 26, 2018

Good mystery set in British India. Does the end justify the means? I enjoyed seeing strong female characters

Oct 10, 2018

Set during British colonial times in India, this book provides an excellent mystery set in an exotic location where tiger hunts, diamond excavation, and palace intrigue are the lifeblood of the aristocrats. The murder of the heir apparent to the Maharadja causes different responses by different factions and the disappearance of the chief accountant has everyone wondering if the princely diamond mines provided a motive.

This enjoyable book manages to both entertain and inform about colonial times in India, and points out where we are different and where we are very much the same as our Indian counterparts.

Mar 12, 2018

The author has created a wonderfully flawed character in Captain Sam Wyndham. Equally well done in A Necessary Evil is the juxtaposition of truth and justice, which are very much not the same thing. The ambiguity in the series wont appeal to all, but gives this a heft of realism that I very much appreciate.

KateHillier Oct 02, 2017

As in the first book, the location is the star here. We don't spend as much time in Calcutta this go around but into the kingdom of Sambalpore, where the British do not have jurisdiction.

It's been about a year since "A Rising Man". Sam and "Surrender-not" are still living together, Sam is still smitten with Annie (who is rightly having none of this or is at very least playing coy), and our boys witness an assassination. Of the Maharaja's son, who was pushing reforms. They end up investigation anyway even while staying in Sambalpore and of course the assassination isn't what it seems.

My heart is still stolen by "A Rising Man" but this was a solid follow up and, also like the previous one, I'm game for more.


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