The Khan: Longlisted for the Portico Prize 2021
'A once-in-a-generation crime thriller.' A.A.Dhand, author of Streets of Darkness
'Compelling and gritty.' Cosmopolitan
'Authentic, immersive and powerful.' Will Dean, author of the Tuva Moodyson mysteries
Be twice as good as men and four times as good as white men.
Jia Khan has always lived like this.
Successful London lawyer Jia Khan is a long way from the grubby Northern streets she knew as a child, where her father, Akbar Khan, led the Pakistani community and ran the local organised crime syndicate. Often his Jirga rule - the old way - was violent and bloody, but it was always justice of a kind.
Now, with her father murdered, Jia must return to take his place. The police have always relied on the Khan to maintain the fragile order of the streets. But a bloody power struggle has broken out among warring communities and nobody is safe.
Justice needs to be restored, and Jia is about to discover that justice always comes at a cost.
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