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I Know What I Saw: gripping new thriller from the author of BBC1's YOU DON'T KNOW ME Paperback – 2 July 2021

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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. -- Chris Brookmyre

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. -- Vaseem Khan

Mahmood has a rare gift for combining hypnotic prose with a page-turning pace. A gripping and beautiful read. -- Ayisha Malik

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. -- James Oswald

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. -- Gillian McAllister

Smart, atmospheric, poignant, and will keep you hooked. -- Saima Mir

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 -- Will Dean

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. -- Sarah Vaughan

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. -- Abir Mukherjee

Clever, mercilessly addictive and deeply thought-provoking, I Know What I Saw blends a dynamite plot with heartfelt characterisation. Wonderful. -- Chris Whitaker

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. -- Simon Lelic

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. -- Tony Kent

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 novelLiterary Review

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. ― Financial Times

Mahmood gets deep into the psychology of a damaged man in this unusual novel, and the ending is like a blow to the gut ― Sunday Times

As a portrait of vulnerability it's sympathetically rendered and the resolution surprisingly disturbing. ― The Times

From the very first page, I Know What I Saw grabbed me by the throat and whisked me through the underbelly of London. Heart-wrenching and jaw-dropping, I held my breath until the final word. -- Holly Seddon

Highly original and deftly plotted, delivering a gut-punch of an endingSunday Express

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A smart, contemporary thriller from critically-acclaimed author Imran Mahmood - one of the genre's most striking new voices

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Raven Books (2 July 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1526627639
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1526627636
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 23.2 x 3.2 x 15.3 cm
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