'Mercilessly addictive and deeply thought-provoking' CHRIS WHITAKER'A tense literary thriller packed with moments of pathos' SARAH VAUGHAN'A white-knuckle ride' CHRIS BROOKMYRE'A welcome return for a supremely talented writer' ABIR MUKHERJEEI saw it. He smothered her, pressing his hands on her face. The police don't believe me, they say it's impossible - but I know what I saw.Xander Shute - once a wealthy banker, now living on the streets - shelters for the night in an empty Mayfair flat. When he hears the occupants returning home, he scrambles to hide. Trapped in his hiding place, he hears the couple argue, and he soon finds himself witnessing a vicious murder.But who was the dead woman, who the police later tell him can't have been there? And why is the man Xander saw her with evading justice? As Xander searches for answers, his memory of the crime comes under scrutiny, forcing him to confront his long-buried past and the stories he's told about himself.How much he is willing to risk to understand the brutal truth?
Imran is a practicing barrister with almost 30 years' experience fighting cases in court. He hails from Liverpool but now lives in London with his wife and daughters. His debut novel You Don't Know Me was chosen by Simon Mayo as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice for 2017 and longlisted for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and for the CWA Gold Dagger, and is currently being adapted for screen in four parts. When not in court or writing novels he can sometimes be found on the Red Hot Chilli Writers' podcast as one of the regular contributors.
With pace and fineness, I Know What I Saw brings together an impossible crime, a witness no one wants to believe and an unflinching study of life on the streets. Intelligent, imaginative and meticulously plotted, this is an author at the top of his game - simply sensational.
M. W. Craven
It's a truly Hitchcockian thriller ride, a white-knuckle ride through the tortuous labyrinth of human memory.
Imran Mahmood's new book opens with a bang. When homeless Xander Shute wanders into a seemingly empty house he unwittingly witnesses a murder. But the police claim that almost nothing of what he has seen exists. Is Xander losing his mind? Soon the net tightens as a murder is discovered and Xander becomes the prime suspect. Mahmood, following his innovative, breakout hit, You Don't Know Me, once again delivers a twisting narrative full of surprises and blind alleys. Psychological noir at its most gripping.
Mahmood has a rare gift for combining hypnotic prose with a page-turning pace. A gripping and beautiful read.
Spectacular - an absolute treat.
A. A. Dhand
I stayed up way past lights out last night to finish what was in short a quite phenomenal novel. Having absolutely loved You Don't Know Me, I was fairly certain this one would be good too, but it was far better than I could have hoped. What an astonishing voice Imran has created for Xander, at once intelligent, resourceful and yet also deeply flawed. I thought the complex plot was handled masterfully, and that double punch at the end was superb. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I didn't think Mahmood could top You Don't Know Me but he most certainly has. A searing take-down of privilege, our unequal society and indeed of traditional crime whodunnits. Mahmood writes sympathetically and intelligently about people who live on the fringes of society.
Smart, atmospheric, poignant, and will keep you hooked.
This complex mystery (set on the streets of London) took my breath away. Themes of memory, privilege & identity - it's a book that that pulls you in deep. Gripping and utterly immersive. Mahmood is a master storyteller
A tense literary thriller about the lies we persist in telling ourselves and our inability to escape our damaged pasts - packed with moments of pathos and unexpected humour. I believed completely in Xander Shute.
I Know What I Saw takes us on a tense, nerve-jangling journey into the world of Xander Shute who believes he's witnessed a murder, but also makes us question our own preconceptions towards people who've fallen through society's cracks. Intelligent and thought-provoking, it marks a welcome return for a supremely talented writer.
Clever, mercilessly addictive and deeply thought-provoking, I Know What I Saw blends a dynamite plot with heartfelt characterisation. Wonderful.
I was a big fan of Imran Mahmood's first book, YOU DON'T KNOW ME, and his second, I KNOW WHAT I SAW, is every bit as gripping, insightful and beautifully written. [...] I was absolutely captivated.
An intense, complex mind-bender of a book, told through eyes you can't always trust. As compelling a tale as I've ever read; you won't put it down until you know the truth.
A mesmerising thriller - wonderful writing and a brilliantly gritty, street-level perspective. Don't miss this one
T. M. Logan
Elegantly constructed, educational, involving and moving, this is a terrific novel
The violent narrative inexorably grips the attention, and the dialogue is always vividly idiomatic, but it's the examination of the mental state of his intelligent protagonist caught in a downward spiral that affirms his talent.