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Published by Edurus Books, 31 May 2017. ISBN: 978-0-9957123-0-0
When Zaq Khan is called to his boss's offices at the builders'
yard where he works on release from prison, he fears the sack. However, it is
worse, under threat of being sent back to prison on trumped up charges he is instructed to search for his boss,
Mr Brar's runaway daughter. It seems he has arranged a marriage for her but she
had other ideas and was seen with another man, Mr. Brar is furious. Reluctantly
Zaq has to agree to find her, although inside he is seething and he goes to see
his friend Jags who offers to help.
They find out where Rita Brar works
and slowly piece things together. However they also have her two brothers
Parminder and Rajinder, both huge menacing brutes to contend with. They seem to
know a lot more about Rita and the man she was seen with than they let on.
It soon becomes clear that the
brothers are also mixed up in crime on a large scale. Is there really cement in
the sacks they are seen loading up at a warehouse? Zaq and Jags' search is further
hampered by someone intent on making Zaq's life a misery, he is attacked for no
apparent reason and he has no idea who the men are. Threatening notes are also
left on his van's windscreen, and the tyres are slashed. Has someone else got
it in for him?
The brothers the put more pressure
on Zaq by insisting he lets them know first when he finds Rita. They need to find her before things
hot up even more.
Then things go from bad to worse
when back at the warehouse, Zaq witnesses a brutal murder which really shakes
him up. He wonders what else he is getting himself mixed up in. This is more
than just finding a runaway daughter. He really starts to fear for his life.
This is a great story and the main
character, Zaq is a likeable person but he does have a tendency to keep getting
beaten up! I have never been to Southall but Amer Anwar's description is so
good that I feel as though I have.
It is well written and has a clever
plot which twists and turns right up to the exciting finish. A well-deserved winner of the
C.W.A. Debut Dagger Award.
grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs,
including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for
emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job
as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent a decade and a half
producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He holds an MA
in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and is a winner of the
Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Award. Western Fringes is his first novel.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.