The Khan

Pages: 336
Imprint: Point Blank

The Khan

Saima Mir

A searing, gritty debut crime novel with a resourceful and unforgettable heroine who must make her way in a man's world
9781786079091 (4 Mar 2021)
RRP £14.99

The Book

Be twice as good as men and four times as good as white men.


Jia Khan has always lived like this. 


A successful lawyer, her London life is a long way from the grubby Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father headed up the Pakistani community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. Often his Jirga rule - the old way - was violent and bloody, but it was always justice of a kind.  


But now her father, Akbar Khan, has been murdered and Jia must return to take his place. In the past, the police relied on him to maintain the fragile order of the streets. But a power struggle has broken out amongst the various communities and now, nobody is safe. 

Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes at a price.

Additional Information

Pages 336
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Saima Mir has written for The Times, Guardian and Independent. Her essay for It's Not About The Burqa (Picador) appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits online in two days. She has also contributed to the anthology The Best, Most Awful Job: Twenty Mothers Talk Honestly About Motherhood. Saima grew up in Bradford and now lives in London.


'With The Khan, Saima Mir delivers a once-in-a-generation crime-thriller and in Jia Khan has created a female South-Asian protagonist who is fierce, passionate and absolutely compelling. This is not simply black-and-white on the page. It's blood. It's emotion. It's tears, anger, betrayal and revenge. An outstanding debut which deserves to be read widely.'   

- A.A.Dhand, author of Streets of Darkness

'A brilliant debut from an exciting new voice for our times. A thrilling book with a thrilling hero in Jia. Brava.' 

- Imran Mahmood, author of You Don't Know Me

'Superb. In particular the character development is excellent. I'm going to have to step up my game just to keep up. Damn you, Saima!'

- Khurrum Rahman, author of the Jay Qasim series

'It's an amazing piece of work and very timely at the moment... An amazing sense of place and time. I'm sure it's going to be a sensational debut.'

- Lesley McEvoy, author of The Murder Mile