Amer Anwar’s book Brothers in Blood was the winner of the CWA Debut Dagger award and originally called Western Fringes! Personally, I would have titled the book ‘Dirty Cash’ the old age adage ‘The Love of Money is a root of all evil certainly shines through in this story!
Set in West London, Southall, this gritty urban crime thriller is something I could see being brought to life and brought to our TV screens!
The main character Zaq is an unlikely hero and his sidekick Jags?! Well, they bounce off each other really well, they are reminiscent of the old skool duo characters found in Minder (Arthur Daley and Terry McCann)
I did find the book go at a glacial pace, the book was way too long and I found myself stopping reading and going off to do other things, but I was determined to plow through it but a quarter of the book in the tempo is pushed up and the storyline comes full circle there is a scene that made my stomach turn a brutal torture scene, is written and a tense atmosphere brings the story to life a bit more, I was definitely on the edge of my seat by then!
The story is plausible and realistic the author has not gone OTT or went off into tangents which is refreshing.
There is a lot of mention of food in this book always someone was always cooking something lol
I look forward to more Zaq and Jags in the future!