East Of Hounslow – Khurrum Rahman (Jay Qasim #1)

Meet Jay.
Small-time dealer.
Accidental jihadist.
The one man who can save us all?

Javid – call him Jay – is a dope dealer living in West London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he’s just bought his pride and joy – a BMW. He lives with his mum, and life seems sweet.

But his world is about to turn upside-down. Because MI5 have been watching him, and they think he’s just the man they need for a delicate mission.

One thing’s for sure: now he’s a long way East of Hounslow, Jay’s life will never be the same again.

With the edgy humour of Four Lions and the pulse-racing tension of Nomad, East of Hounslow is the first in a series of thrillers starring Jay Qasim.

Make sure you’ve read all the books in the Jay Qasim series:
1. East of Hounslow
2. Homegrown Hero
3. Ride or Die

Born in Karachi and raised in West London, Khurrum Rahman now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two sons. His love for films and books influenced him to start writing. A hobby at first quickly became a passion. He spent any spare time in between a full time job and being a hands on parent to write stories inspired by his favourite screenwriters and authors.

Khurrum has written a movie screenplay which was acquired by a Danish Film Producer, but he is now concentrating on writing novels. He is currently working on his second book which will be a direct sequel to East of Hounslow, and hopes to complete the trilogy.

My Review:

I bought this book in July 2019 when I saw Khurrum Rahman at Harrogate Crime Festival on a panel of debut authors talking about his book and to my shame I completely forgot about it until recently.

This books is wonderful, it’s funny, it’s thought-provoking, it’s a thriller, it’s a tale of friendship and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Meet Javid Quasim, (but call him Jay) a small time drug-dealer, living with his mum in Hounslow, he attends the local mosque once a week, drinks alcohol and takes drugs the rest of the time. He is the absolute STAR of this book, a charming, comedic and endearing young man who is relatively happy with his way of life when he accidentally finds himself employed by M15 with a handler and a mission to take down a huge terrorist cell.

The writing is spot on, the humour is wonderful and the writer has brought Jay to life in such detail that I really felt I knew and understood him. I’m not going to waffle on about the book because all you need to know is that it’s topical, thought-provoking, very funny, the dialogue is fabulous and all the characters are marvellous too.

I am so pleased that I read this book and am absolutely delighted to see there are 2 more books in the series. Highly recommended by me.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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