A Heart-Racing Thriller: Read an Extract from I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood

A Heart-Racing Thriller: Read an Extract from I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood

There is a children’s play park nearby. The gates are shut but unlocked and they push open easily with a gentle squeak. Of course, at this time of night it’s deserted, and I know that I can sleep here until light. Time as it ticks on a watch is not as useful to me as how the light looks when it waxes or wanes. Daylight’s length is my clock, just as once it was for everyone. I think about earlier today, about Amit and the fruit now warm in my pockets. That at seventeen years old he thinks about me at all is a surprise. I’ve known him a summer, an autumn and now most of a winter. And now he brings me oranges when most people bring nothing but chaos and dirt.

The ground here is covered in woodchips, a decent mattress under the slide where it is dry, shaded from the elements by the wide tin slope. Before, when I knew too much about numbers and nothing about living, I tried to sleep in the tunnel, to use its seclusion, but the curve is death to sleep. Instead I crouch under the slide and tear out sheets of newspaper, rolling them into apple-sized balls. I can’t read the financial pages any more so the pink ones are the first to go. Each one is forced into the gaps in my coat sleeves, the wool inflating until I am like the Hulk. And then I do the same to the legs of my jeans. In no time air is trapped in pockets and my body warms – the paper clings on to the heat. The remaining balls I arrange into the carrier bag from Amit’s oranges, and convert into a pillow. I lay the oranges by my head because the scent of them comforts me…

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      Publisher details

      I Know What I Saw
      Author
      Imran Mahmood
      Publisher
      Bloomsbury
      Genre
      Fiction
      Released
      31 August, 2021

      Synopsis

      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 Mahmood
      About the author

      Imran Mahmood

      Imran Mahmood is a British novelist and barrister. His first novel You Don't Know Me was shortlisted for the Glass Bell Award in 2018.

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