Amer Anwar is a fresh new voice in crime fiction, and Stone Cold Trouble, the new instalment in the Zaq & Jags series, is another tense and pacy read. This time, ex-con Zaq Khan reluctantly agrees to help his best friend, Jags, recover a family heirloom. But Zaq is left wondering whether someone from his own past is out to get revenge when his brother is attacked.
I love Amer’s characterisation – Zaq and Jags are so vividly rendered. This ‘authentic slice of Brit Asian noir’ (Vaseem Khan) is packed with great dialogue, lots of humour and is so immensely readable.
by Amer Anwar
LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER 2021
THRILLERS OF THE MONTH - Observer
BEST CRIME FICTION, SEPT 2020 - The Times
'BRUTAL, SHOCKING AND FUNNY' - M. W. Craven
'A STONE COLD HIT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED' - Adam Hamdy
'A RIOTOUS BELTER OF A BOOK' - Abir Mukherjee
'A BONE-CRUNCHING CRIME THRILLER' - James Swallow
'A FAST AND FIERCE THRILL RIDE' - Chris Whitaker
Set in the heart of West London's Asian community, this is the latest instalment in the unmissable ZAQ & JAGS series . . .
Trying - and failing - to keep his head down and to stay out of trouble, ex-con Zaq Khan agrees to help his best friend, Jags, recover a family heirloom, currently in the possession of a wealthy businessman. But when Zaq's brother is viciously assaulted, Zaq is left wondering whether someone from his own past is out to get revenge.
Wanting answers and retribution, Zaq and Jags set out to track down those responsible. Meanwhile, their dealings with the businessman take a turn for the worse and Zaq and Jags find themselves suspected of murder.
It'll take both brains and brawn to get themselves out of trouble and, no matter what happens, the results will likely be deadly. The only question is, whether it will prove deadly for them, or for someone else . . . ?
Praise for Amer Anwar and the Zaq & Jags series:
'An engaging hero, a cunning plot and a fascinating journey into Southall's underworld. We'll be hearing a lot more from Amer Anwar' MICK HERRON
'A fresh and exciting new voice' ANN CLEEVES
'Tense and pacey . . . fast and furious' GUARDIAN
'An authentic slice of Brit Asian noir . . . Gripping' VASEEM KHAN
'Gritty, startlingly original and great fun' ROBERT BRYNDZA
'Utterly convincing . . . Terrific dialogue and much humour' THE TIMES