One Way Out by A.A. Dhand – Book Review



The much-anticipated new Harry Virdee thriller from rising star A.A Dhand….

Bradford is Dhand’s city – he grew up there, studied there. He knows these streets as well as anyone.  Tensely paced and characteristically meticulously plotted, One Way Out takes you into the dark heart of a city under siege..

A bomb detonates in Bradford’s City Park.

When the alert sounds, DC I Harry Virdee has just enough time to get his son and his mother to safety before the bomb blows. But this is merely a stunt.

The worst is yet to come.

A new and aggressive nationalist group, the Patriots, have hidden a second device under one of the city’s one hundred and five mosques. In exchange for the safe release of those at Friday prayers, the Patriots want custody of the leaders of radical Islamist group Almukhtareen – the chosen ones.

The government does not negotiate with terrorists. Even when thousands of lives are at risk.

There is only one way out.

But Harry’s wife is in one of those mosques. Left with no choice, Harry must find the Almukhtareen, to offer the Patriots his own deal.



This is #4 in the Harry Virdee series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Harry is enjoying his annual leave, by spending time with his mother and young son Aaron on a day out to City Park, Bradford……his wife is at Friday prayers in a nearby mosque……but then there’s a security alert and people need to leave the area….

There’s panic as people run to leave….Harry knows the area, so takes his mother and son to a nearby building that he knows has a cellar…..but his so worried about his wife, Saima…….then there’s an explosion! He is then called back to work….

A group calling themselves The Patriots are demanding the arrest of 4 extremists…..or they will detonate another bomb…..its in one of the 105 mosques in the city……but which one?

They also demand that if anyone leaves a mosque, they will detonate the bomb!

Harry has a lot to deal with, the family issues (his father disowned him for marrying a Muslim woman – this was heartbreaking), his wife is trapped in a mosque and he has been asked to find the 4 extremists…..will he sacrifice the 4 to save a thousand?…..

This is an incredibly tense thriller, all the more so as in the current world climate it feels all too plausible…..the thought that these events are controlled by politicians is very very scary….absolutely stunning writing by AA Dhand…

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here


Praise for A.A Dhand:

‘Outstanding, relentless, multi-layered… A crime debut to relish’ LEE CHILD

‘A SCORCHING story of a city divided…announces the arrival of a formidable crime writer’ DAILY MAIL

‘The blood count is high but the novel deserves attention for its sheer inventiveness & unbridled energy’ THE TIMES

‘A tense slice of neo-noir’ OBSERVER

‘One of the most multi-layered policemen to have appeared in recent years’ – MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Delves deep into the dark side of Bradford, exploring a city riven by racial tensions.’ – SUNDAY EXPRESS


About the author:


A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. After qualifying as a pharmacist, he worked in London and travelled extensively before returning to Bradford to start his own business and begin writing. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels.



One response to “One Way Out by A.A. Dhand – Book Review”

  1. Thanks so much for the blog tour support Lesley x

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