‘[P]ulpy neo-noir complete with insurance agents duped by femme fatales,’ Faiza S Khan, Financial Times
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.
Praise for The Warehouse
This idiosyncratic and individual thriller writing from a novelist and filmmaker whose knowledge of and experience in the region he describes grant a fierce verisimilitude to the narrative. At a stroke, The Warehouse identifies Mausoof as a writer to be watched with close attention.
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
[The Warehouse] is an illustration of the width of the ‘crime fiction’ genre… a Swiftian exploration of the madness of war… [S.S. Mausoof] pulls no punches in depicting human cruelty both personal and institutional.
Chris Roberts, Crime Review
Karachi insurance surveyor Syed Qais Ali Qureshi, or “Cash” to his friends and enemies, manages to remain wisecrackingly jaunty as a dubious mission to investigate a warehouse fire in Taliban-controlled Waziristan goes all kinds of wrong. First in a new series that puts an endearingly Chandleresque hero in a location that’s been a byword for treachery since the Great Game.
Karen Robinson, Sunday Times Crime Club
This is a novel of action and adventure, with its questions and its twists and turns. An intrigue under the sign of death, where the hero is confronted with multiple dangers.
Clause Le Nocher, Action-Suspense
The Warehouse has all the black arts of a regular thriller in a setting you only hear of in disturbing late-night new programmes… this is Philip Marlow stuff with a frighteningly real-life AK47-toting edge, and you’ll want to follow Cash, but from a safe distance.
Jon Wise, Sunday Sport
‘The Warehouse is not just a taut, gripping thriller, it is an all too believable depiction of the ways some people have to live,’ Crime squad
“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