Abir Mukherjee is the Times bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series of crime novels set in Raj era India. Abir grew up in the West of Scotland, the son of immigrants from India. At the age of fifteen, his best friend made him read Gorky Park and he's been a fan of crime fiction ever since. This, combined with a desire to learn more about a crucial but forgotten period in Anglo/Indian history, prompted him to write A Rising Man, set in the Raj era of 1919 Calcutta. It won the Harvill Secker/Daily Telegraph crime writing competition and the CWA Endeavour Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2017, starring Captain Sam Wyndham and 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee. His second novel, A Necessary Evil, won the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of 2018, and was featured on ITV as a Zoe Ball Book Club pick. His third novel, Smoke and Ashes has recently been published in the UK and will be published internationally in 2019.
Abir lives in London with his wife and two sons.