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The best recent crime and thrillers – review roundup

The Khan by Saima Mir; Tall Bones by Anna B Greenwich Park by Katherine Fa The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth F and Bullet Train by Kotaro IsakaSet in an unnamed city in northern England, journalist Saima Mir’s debut novel, The Khan (Point Blank, £14.99), is a south Asian reworking of The Godfather. Successful lawyer Jia returns to the childhood home she fled as a young woman and takes over the family’s organised crime business when her father, Akbar Khan, is murdered. Jia’s life is one of permanent cognitive dissonance: a second-generation British Pakistani, she knows that she must be not only “twice as good as men” but “four times as good as white men” in order to combat misogyny and racism. She must also negotiate clashing cultural expectations of how a woman should behave, the contradictions inherent in faith and criminal activity, and generational conflict as the old order gives way to the new. As if all this were not enough, the delicate balance of power in the city is threatened when a more recent set of immigrants, this time from eastern Europe, tries to muscle in. Mir offers us a fascinating glimpse into a world rarely portrayed in fiction, as Jia’s opponents, both inside and outside the family, start to learn that they underestimate her at their peril. Continue reading...


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