Monday, 30 October 2017

Book Review: Western Fringes by Amer Anwar

Western Fringes
Amer Anwar
Published by Edurus Books
Available in paperback & ebook

Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger award, Western Fringes is a gritty, hard-hitting crime thriller full of violence, family feuds and revenge.

Zaq Khan, recently released from prison, is working a dead-end job in a builder's yard, trying to make enough money to survive and keep out of trouble. However his boss has other ideas, and those involve looking for his missing daughter, Rita, with one requirement: no police.

Gritty and gripping, Zaq's assignment seems simple until he realises that a girl on the run from an arranged marriage isn't what it seems. Her brothers seem to be dealing drugs from a warehouse and they seem to be very keen on their sister being returned.

Zaq plants himself right in the middle of a family argument, full of deceit, jealousy and murder. He not only needs to keep himself alive but also keep Rita from the clutches of her brothers. He is pulled further and further into a world where he could end up back in prison. Fights, car chases, and stakeouts, Zaq turns detective to find out why this family are ripping each other and the local community apart.

Western Fringes is a tough Asian crime thriller full of sharp dialogue, enough punches to make you flinch and a plot that will having you gripping the edge of your seat. Anwar explores the things people will do to survive not only within their local community (not going to the police), within their own culture (running away from an arranged marriage) but also for themselves. Anwar looks at the way traditions and cultures impact people's lives and the way some generations will do their best to void their heritage.

Amer Anwar's debut novel is a fast paced thriller, and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. This book will make you very tense so make sure you run yourself a relaxing bath after reaching the last page.

You can buy Western Fringes from your favourite bookshop.

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy.

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