Poisoner of Bengal
Author: Dan Morrison
Dan Morrison’s “Poisoner of Bengal” unfolds a chilling narrative of a diabolically planned homicide, marking it as perhaps the most audaciously realized germ-induced murder. The story revolves around the tumultuous relationship between Amarendra Chandra Pandey, the virtuous scion of a prominent zamindari family, and his rebellious half-brother Benoyendra Chandra Pandey, heir to the other half of the estate.
Set against the backdrop of a crowded train platform and a mysterious fever, Morrison meticulously explores the intricate layers of this crime that garnered international headlines. With elements of science, sex, and cinema, the tale delves into the heart of the British Raj, unravelling a web of family intrigue and sibling rivalry.
Morrison’s research takes readers on a journey through archives and libraries across three continents, drawing from trial records, police files, witness testimonies, and newspaper clippings. The result is a gripping narrative that expertly navigates the twists and turns of this repelling yet riveting story, culminating in the killer’s cinematic last stand.
In “Poisoner of Bengal,” Morrison skillfully reconstructs the historical thriller, presenting readers with a vivid portrayal of the zamindari world in the 1930s. The book not only captures the essence of the murder trial in Calcutta but also provides a glimpse into the indolent world of zamindars during an era when Calcutta was synonymous with excitement and glamour.
“Poisoner of Bengal” is a gift to true crime enthusiasts, offering a pacy and gripping exploration of plague, poisoners, freedom, and ferment in 1930s Calcutta.
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