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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.
Recently, A.A.Dhand has seen huge success with his novel ‘Streets of Darkness’, with the TV rights being sold to FilmWave, the producers behind the recent adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy for the BBC and HBO. A.A.Dhand has also received coverage from many local and national press outlets, including The Guardian, Yorkshire Post, The Times, The Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The National (UAE), Bradford Review and Telegraph & Argus
He’s also given interviews on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio 5 Live, BCB Bradford Radio
More on A.A.Dhand’s novel
His tome ‘Streets of Darkness’ opens with a murder to solve and a tough character to crack the crime – the Detective Harry Virdee – only he has been suspended due to an IPCC investigation.
His temperament was the problem and Harry was tired of playing nice. References to the statue of textile entrepreneur, Sir Titus Salt, creator of the model village which would become a world heritage site, and Lister Park sets the scene for this interesting tale to play out.
Harry, who hailed from an orthodox Sikh family and his wife Saima, from a strict Muslim household, had been cast out by their families. Life was far from easy anyway and as Saima prepared for the birth of their first child he hadn’t been able to tell her he was out of work and just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk.
However, it’s hard to switch off from that type of a profession. With his reputation to restore, Harry is determined to pursue the case and bring the prime suspect to justice – even if it does find him on the other side of the law.
Harry makes the grim discovery and makes the call which prompts the response from the people who were once his colleagues.
Usually he would be at ease with his profession but under the circumstances he feels more like an outcast.