On 13th April 1919, thousands of civilians gathered peacefully in Jallianwala Bagh, a walled garden in Amritsar. In the eyes of both the lieutenant governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer, and his top military man in the city, Brigadier General Dyer, such gathering were proof that a second Indian mutiny was brewing. Blocking the main exit with armored cars, Dyer marched in with his men and commanded them to open fire without giving any order to disperse. In the murderous ten minutes that followed, hundreds fell dead, and many more were wounded.
According to legend, Udham Singh was among the injured that day, and he vowed to take revenge. More than twenty years later, in a Westminster hall, he gunned down O’Dwyer in cold blood to fulfill that promise. But what happened in the intervening years?
In this sweeping narrative that takes the reader across four continents, Anita Anand separates reality from myth to reveal Singh’s astonishing story. She brilliantly pieces together his movements, discovering surprising new links that takes us from Jazz Age New York to the shady world of international spy rings.
The Patient Assassin shines a devastating light on one of the Raj’s most horrific events, but reads like a taut thriller.