The Waiter - Detective Kamil Rahman (Hardback)
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The Waiter - Detective Kamil Rahman (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 27/05/2021

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Kamil Rahman, disgraced detective, turned waiter, is about to find himself embroiled in a case that might just change his life...for better or for worse.

Ex-detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters an extravagant party for his boss's rich and powerful friend, the peace of his simple new life is shattered. The event is a success, the food is delicious, but later that evening the host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool.

Suspicion falls on Rakesh's young and glamorous new wife, Neha, and Kamil is called to investigate for the family, with the help of his boss's daughter Anjoli. Kamil and Anjoli prove a winning team - but as the investigation progresses, and their relationship grows, Kamil struggles to keep memories of the case that destroyed his career in Kolkata at bay. Little does he know that his past will soon catch up with him in some very unexpected ways.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787302921
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A hugely entertaining first novel for lovers of traditional crime fiction, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane. I can't wait to read more about disgraced detective Kamil and his wonderfully drawn companion Anjoli. - Ann Cleeves

Superb... Chowdhury paces the novel like an old hand, juxtaposing chapters set in the East End with flashbacks to Calcutta... [an] outstanding debut - Joan Smith, Sunday Times

From the mean streets of Kolkata to the kitchens of Brick Lane...this is a rip-roaring mystery that's engrossing from start to finish. In Kamil Rahman, Ajay has created a quixotic and all too human protagonist who is a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year. - Abir Mukherjee, author of the Wyndham & Banerjee mysteries

The Waiter is a heady mix of murder, intrigue and all things Indian. Weaving together a dual narrative with aplomb, Ajay Chowdhury's neatly-drawn detective Kamil Rahman relives his failure to solve the murder of a Bollywood A-lister in Kolkata whilst trying to solve the killing of an Indian industrialist in London. Could the two murders be connected? An accomplished crime debut that offers something a little different. - Vaseem Khan, author of the Malabar House Baby Ganesh Agency crime series

An authentic and enthralling debut with an original new lead detective. - G.R. Halliday

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“Tense, gritty, and fresh”

What a fantastic read! The Waiter is a highly enjoyable, deftly crafted thriller, with compelling characters and a plot which kept me guessing right to the end.

The dual narrative - Kamil’s life as a homicide... More

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“An original and unlikely twist!”

Kamil is a frustrated detective who works in his uncle's restaurant on London's Brick Lane as a waiter following an investigation into the murder of a famous celebrity in Kolkata that didn't work out as... More

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“Great debut”

A very good debut with the two centres of London and Kolkata making for an interesting narrative and comparison of policing. I found the dialogue a bit stilted at times, but overall a page turner, and it will be... More

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