Sam travels to the tiny state of Sambalpore, outrageously wealthy from diamond mining, and becomes embroiled in the intrigue and politics that occur close to the throne, with one ailing maharaja and a playboy heir. When a nervous British accountant disappears, Sam and Surrender-not do some careful digging but who can they trust?
This series got off to a flying start with A Rising Man, and now we have another glimpse of India post WWI, with settings involving sumptuous palace interiors and elephant hunts. Sam’s two bête noirs - Annie Grant, who turns up for the funeral, and his opium habit - also get a look in and give Sam even more to worry about. He and Banerjee make a great team, and you know that eventually, but not before there’s been more bloodshed, the two will crack the case. A terrific read. Roll on book three.
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