‘A fascinating glimpse into a world rarely portrayed in fiction.’
A Times & Sunday Times Crime Novel of the YearSaima Mir
‘Bold, addictive and brilliant.’ Stylist, best fiction 2021
A Times Bestseller
A Times & Sunday Times Best Crime Books of 2021
A Waterstones Best Crime & Thriller of 2021
Be twice as good as men and four times as good as white men.
Jia Khan has always lived like this.
Successful London lawyer Jia Khan is a long way from the Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, led 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.
Now, with her father murdered, Jia must return to take his place. Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes at a cost.
‘A fascinating glimpse into a world rarely portrayed in fiction.’ Guardian, best crime and thrillers
‘A once-in-a-generation crime thriller.’ A.A.Dhand, author of Streets of Darkness
‘Bold, addictive and brilliant.’
‘This impressive debut is not only about crime, justice, race and prejudice, but also about self-deception, disillusion and how the people you love most can be those you can bear least.’
‘Compelling and gritty’
‘Intense drama. The information she imparts is often eye-popping... This impressive debut reveals a world in which monsters exist “in the guise of friends and behind smiling faces”. It is a considerable achievement.’
‘The Khan is strong on illuminating the networks of family and community, giving fresh life to its familiar plot – essentially a Bradford take on The Godfather.’
‘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 tremendous debut (Jia Khan is a fascinating, multi-layered protagonist). Timely, authentic, immersive and powerful. Hints of The Godfather. SUPERB.'
‘It takes guts to pick up the plot of The Godfather, pull it apart and reassemble it in the streets of a small northern city with a passing resemblance to Bradford but that is what Saima Mir has done... An eye-opening look at a world that rarely makes it into fiction… Jia could be coming to our screens soon, but I’m more interested in what Mir does next.’
‘When her father is murdered, Jia is plunged into a brutal power struggle among the communities, which — while Akbar was alive — the police counted on him to control… Does Jia become Michael Corleone to survive?’
'Blown away by the intricacy of such a clever, complex plot and the sense of unease.'
'A brilliant debut from an exciting new voice for our times. A thrilling book with a thrilling hero in Jia. Brava.'