I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Stone Cold Trouble by Amer Anwar on my blog today.
Set in the heart of West London’s Asian community, this is the latestinstalment 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 . . . ?
I loved Brothers In Blood the first novel by Amer Anwar, but his second book, Stone Cold Trouble, is even better. This is an exhilarating, fast-paced read that will sweep you into the story from page one. You won’t be able to stop reading until you’ve reached the final page.
Zaq and Jags are back. Right away, they are thrown headfirst into a terrifying series of events. In their style, however, Zaq and Jags seem to take it all in their stride. It certainly isn’t something they aren’t used to. Zaq’s brother, Tariq and his friend have been involved in a serious fight and they have both been left fighting for their lives in hospital. Zaq is left puzzled by the events. What would give someone the motive to do this to his brother? What has Tariq done? It’s clear that Zaq isn’t simply going to let this lie low. He wants answers, and he is willing to put himself in danger to get them.
Another storyline which the book focuses on is a necklace which Jag’s Uncle, Lucky, has lost in a gambling debt to a wealthy businessman. The necklace is important to Lucky; it is not only a precious piece of jewellery that belongs to his wife; it is also an important family heirloom. It also has some interesting history. It’s clear that the person who now has it may not be totally aware just how much the necklace is really worth. Lucky asks Zaq and Jags to get it back for him. What they don’t have an idea of is just how difficult this will be.
Stone Cold Trouble is an action-packed book. The chapters are short and snappy as well. I was keen for Zaq to get to the bottom of what was going on with his brother. This is the part where it does get really tense as they both begin to delve deeper. What they soon find out is that the events that ended up putting Tariq in hospital are linked to a wedding. Tariq and his friend had been hired as the DJ’s. But what did they exactly get themselves involved in while they were there?
I think the friendship between Zaq and Jags is what really make these books. The dialogue between them is witty and engaging. You get the sense that they are willing to do anything for each other; even if it means sailing close to danger. They are always up for a fight, and I imagine that this must drive their parents to despair. In this book, you can also see how much family means to Zaq. He is desperate for his brother to pull through and he is also keen to avenge him as well.
Amer Anwar’s latest book is exhilarating and really entertaining. If you haven’t yet discovered his work, then you really need to take a look at his books. Top stuff!
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Publication date: 24th September 2020
Print length: 464 pages
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