‘[P]ulpy neo-noir complete with insurance agents duped by femme fatales.’ Faiza S Khan, FT
The Warehouse is an original and contemporary novel set in Pakistan’s dreaded Waziristan, a hotbed of crime, terrorism and harsh brutality on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Syed Qais Ali Quereshi aka ‘Cash’, a Karachi based insurance surveyor, is contracted by his extremely persuasive ex-girlfriend, Sonia, to investigate the details of a warehouse fire, and find the recipient of the insurance claim, in the dangerous, drone-infested Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Waziristan.
Amidst the layers of corrupt police, private security forces, the Pakistani army and scurrilous locals, ‘Cash’ desperately tries to complete the investigation but attracting unwanted attention proves futile. He is eventually kidnapped by the Taliban and must formulate a plan to escape and return to his family in Karachi.
S.S. Mausoof is a writer and filmmaker whose credits include the award-winning noir thriller The Black Bridge and In Search of Meluhha, a documentary on the Indus valley civilization. The Warehouse is the first in a unique new noir series set in Karachi, Pakistan. Longlisted for the Karachi Literature Festival Prize 2017, The Warehouse, is also published in India and is also due out in France and Spain in 2017. S.S. Mausoof lives with his family in California and visits family in Pakistan regularly.
Praise for The Warehouse
‘S. S. Mausoof is a Pakistani Raymond Chandler… He takes crime fiction “out of the Venetian vase and drops it into” the mohalla.’
Dr Claire Chambers, Department of English and Related Literature University of York
‘Takes one of the world’s most violent places, an unconventional protagonist and spins an engrossing story of agendas and motivations far divorced from what we read in the headlines…’
The New Indian Express
‘The Warehouse grows onto you, like a pop song . . . Mausoof’s language is casual, his repartee is witty and he knows when to stop.’
Catherine Rhea Roy, Indian Express