This thriller about a Pakistani police officer racing to save a kidnapped American offers “a gripping portrait of a casually corrupt city” (The New York Times Book Review).
Days before the American president is about to visit Karachi, Pakistan, an American journalist is kidnapped. His captors vow that he will be executed on video on Christmas Day. With no other leads, Constantine D’Souza, a Christian police officer, must bring his former colleague Akbar Khan—a rogue cop imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit—onto the investigation to help track down the doomed journalist.
But to get the job done, he will have to navigate the savage streets of Karachi, where police corruption is a way of life, political motives are never what they seem—and the truth you search for may just kill you.
Based on real-world events, The Prisoner is “a chilling novel” that exposes “a world so dark that readers will come away terrified” and brings the byzantine politics and the moral ambiguities of justice in modern Karachi, Pakistan to life (The Wall Street Journal, India).
About the author
Omar Shahid Hamid has served with the Karachi Police for twelve years, most recently as head of counterterrorism. During his service, he has been actively targeted by various terrorist groups and organizations. He was wounded in the line of duty and his office was bombed by the Taliban in 2010. He left Karachi for a sabbatical when there were too many contracts on his life. He has a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Law from University College London. This is his first book.
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