Kamil Rahman: Kolkata detective turned Brick Lane waiter has a new case on his hands . . .
Disgraced detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters a birthday party for his boss’s friend, his simple new life becomes rather complicated. The event is a success, the food is delicious, but later that evening the multi-millionaire host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool. The police declare it an accident, but Rakesh’s wife Neha is adamant it is murder.
Kamil’s colleague Ava is accused of the crime, and Kamil takes it upon himself to investigate, with the help of his boss’s daughter Anjoli. Kamil and Anjoli prove a capable team – but as the investigation progresses, Kamil struggles to keep memories of the case that destroyed his career in Kolkata at bay. . . and his past will soon catch up with him.
I received a copy of this book from Vintage Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
The Waiter is an engaging medley of India and England seen from the viewpoint of Kamil Rahman, an ex-sub-inspector in the Kolkata police force and a present-day waiter at a family friend’s curry house in the East End of London. The story plays out over dual time frames, seemingly disparate and has murder mystery at its core.
The characters are believable, and the plot has surprising twists. Good use of sensory imagery draws the reader into Kamil’s world. Kamil is a realistically flawed protagonist. As the story progresses, the reader feels empathy for his past and present situations.
I enjoyed this well-paced, entertaining story, and I look forward to the next book in the series.