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AA Dhand: Streets of Darkness

AA Dhand introduces Streets of Darkness

In a city struggling with racial integration, the high-profile murder of a Muslim MP on the morning of the largest Asian festival in England gives detective Harry Virdee only 12 hours to stop Bradford from potentially descending into anarchy. There is only one problem – Harry is suspended from work but is made aware that solving this case may be the only way he can save his career.

Harry’s wife, Saima, is overdue with their first child and their inter-faith marriage resulted in them becoming alienated from their families and their communities. Harry needs to solve this case to restore his reputation but with each hour that passes, the timeline shortens, the pressure increases and Bradford starts to fracture.

Streets of Darkness is a tense, fast-paced thriller taking the reader into the dark, unsettling underbelly of Bradford where nothing is black and white. Where drugs and political-unrest continue to burn a city desperate to try to raise itself from the ashes of the race riots of 1995 and 2001. Where race, religion and identity are fiercely contested and the smallest of sparks could ignite riotous rebellion.

Harry takes to the streets to track prime-suspect, Lucas Dwight, the ex-leader of the BNP and a man released from prison only four days before. Detective Superintendent George Simpson is working his last day before retirement and refuses to let his tenure end in disgrace with Bradford falling back to the nightmares of 2001. As Simpson starts to uncharacteristically bend the rules, darker forces at play will force the man in-charge of protecting Bradford to not only break the rules but compromise everything he has ever worked for.

Loyalties are cast aside.

Mistrust is traded like currency and all the while, Bradford continues to teeter towards oblivion. In order to solve the murder, Harry will be forced to put everything on the line; his job, his city and, ultimately, his life.

AA Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.


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