Shortlisted for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award and the Crimefest eDunnit Award 2019
‘As gripping and funny as his first thriller’ Ben Aaronovitch
Reluctant spy. Trained assassin.
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
JAY QASIM is back home in West London and in pursuit of normality. He’s swapped dope-dealing for admin, and spends his free time at the local Muslim Community Centre or cruising around Hounslow in his beloved BMW. No-one would guess that he was the MI5 spy who foiled the most devastating terrorist attack in recent history.
But Jay’s part in sabotaging Ghurfat-Al-Mudarris’ hit on London didn’t pass unnoticed.
IMRAN SIDDIQUI was trained to kill in Afghanistan by the terrorist cell who saved his life after his home was destroyed by war. The time has finally come for him to repay them – throwing him headlong into the path of Jay Qasim.
Now, they must each decide whose side they’re really on.
Make sure you’ve read all the books in the Jay Qasim series:
1. East of Hounslow
2. Homegrown Hero
3. Ride or Die
Readers love Homegrown Hero:
‘One of the best books I’ve read’ Jeff
‘Had me on the edge of my seat’ Hannah
‘An absolutely cracking story… which I found difficult to put down’ Sid
‘A gripping, laugh out loud thriller’ Elaine
‘Be warned once you start reading you are not going to want to put it down for anything’ Fiona
‘The best read of the year’ P.W.
‘I just couldn’t put it down’ E.M. Flynn
‘A wild ride of hilarity and horror – I spent the final pages reading madly and clutching my head’ Liz
‘Addictive, funny and thrilling’ Gary
About the author
Born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1975 Khurrum moved to England when he was one. He is a west London boy and now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two sons.
Khurrum is currently working as a Senior IT Officer but his real love is writing. He has a screenplay which has been optioned by a Danish TV producer but is now concentrating on novels.
Rahman's superior second thriller featuring former London dope dealer Jay Qasim finds Jay (who reluctantly infiltrated a Muslim terrorist group on behalf of MI5 in 2020's East of Hounslow) working as a Hounslow Council help desk operator, content to have some "normality and structure" in his life. Unfortunately, a fatwa has been issued against him by Sheikh Ali Ghulam, the new leader of the terrorist organization Ghurfat-Al-Mudarris. Jay's quirky, often funny narrative alternates with poignant scenes featuring Imran Siddiqui, a sleeper agent, who after many years in London longs for a normal life of his own with his white, non-Muslim girlfriend and her five-year-old son. The author's focus on white nationalists and jihadist cells, whose seductive offering of a group identity can lead rootless young people to participate in horrendous assaults on those identified as "the enemy," leaves readers with a visceral understanding of racism and the lures of extremist belief. Darker and more complex than its predecessor, this entry handles topical issues with clarity and wisdom, plus a dash of wry wit. Rahman is a writer to watch.
What an amazing, tough, tragic, heroic story to read. Second in the series & is even better than the first book. I look forward to seeing what comes up next for Jay.