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
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.