Thinking Aloud: “The Prisoner”

Mar. 20, 2014 by Darius 

Looking for something new to read?  Check out The Prisoner by Pakistani author Omar Shahid Hamid.  The Prisoner is an incredibly flavorful book, combining an excellent plot, a clever narrative voice, and a uniquely Pakistani perspective.

The Prisoner takes place in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and, like port cities the world over, crime hub.  The plot follows the efforts of several officers in the Karachi police force to recover a kidnapped American journalist.  Along the way, Hamid exposes the blend of corruption, intrigue, and crime of all sorts that is Karachi and, to a larger degree, Pakistan.  Hamid himself was a police officer in Karachi, so he knows what he’s talking about.

The Prisoner is excellent as a book.  It’s even better as a little slice of culture.  The one downside: the book has not yet been published in the US and is difficult to obtain.  It is available as an e-book from Amazon.co.uk, but those of us who prefer “dead tree technology” have to rely on resellers like AbeBooks.com or Biblio.com.  The Prisoner is worth the effort to track down, though.

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One Response to Thinking Aloud: “The Prisoner”

  1. Herding Cats says:

    Agree this is a great book. Here’s an interesting piece on the author that came out the same day as this post: http://harpers.org/blog/2014/03/the-prisoner-a-conversation-with-omar-shahid-hamid/ (I read the Harper’s piece after I read the book and would recommend sticking with that order.)

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