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Khurrum Rahman

  • Original Title: JAY QASIM
  • Publication date: November 2017
  • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Country: GB
  • 384 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Pakistan, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Dependence, Moral dilemma, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Corruption, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, Double identity, Manipulation, War and other conflicts, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism, Commitment


When happy-­go-­lucky Jay, a small­time West London dope dealer, gets targeted by the security services, he finds his world slowly falling apart. The MI6 are using him to target his psychopathic drug dealer, Silas, as well as some suspected extremists at his local mosque.


Book 2, HOMEGROWN HERO, is shortlisted for the CrimeFest 2019, in two categories: eDunnit Award and Last Laugh Award
Book 2 is also longlisted for the CWA Dagger Awards 2019, category Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Book 1 is shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel 2019
Book 1 was shortlisted for the Dagger Awards 2018, in the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger category

On the inaugural Staunch Prize shortlist. The £2,000 award was launched by screenwriter Bridget Lawless in January 2018 to find the best thriller in which no woman gets beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

Quite current and contemporary, with some important issues running through to do with other cultures’ perceptions of Islam and the various abuses both sides inflict upon each other.

Khurrum Rahman is a British writer.



Javid ‘Jay’ Qasim is a happy-go-lucky small scale dope dealer in West London. He goes to Mosque on Friday not because he is religious but because culturally that’s what everyone does. He has just bought his pride and joy, a BMW, he lives with his mum and life seems sweet. However, when MI6 are planning on using Jay to take down Silas, a drug dealer, Javid's world is about to implode.

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