You Don't Know Me (Paperback)Imran Mahmood (author)
Character-driven and utterly compelling, this twisty courtroom thriller from criminal barrister Mahmood finds the accused's testimony turn an open and shut case on its head.
A young man is on trial for murder. He's tried all his life to stay out of trouble. But when the girl he loves gives herself up to a local gang to protect her brother, our defendant has no choice. If he's going to save her, he must infiltrate the very world he's tried so hard to avoid. And in the end two things are clear: he's found with a gun in his hand and a man is dead.
The barrister has told him to leave some things out. But if he's going down, he wants to go down telling the truth. So he gives his own closing speech from the dock.
As the truth becomes harder to see, only one thing matters: Did he do it?
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'A searing, heart-breaking, genre-bending crime novel that triumphantly reconfigures the traditional whodunnit into something remarkable' - Ruth Ware
'An original take on a courtroom drama that puts the reader in the position of the jury. Superb character-driven fiction. Masterful.' - The Guardian
'A startlingly original courtroom drama... perfectly executed, gripping the reader from the first sentence with the defendant's unique voice and not letting go until a surprising twist at the end. Mahmood is most definitely one to watch' - Daily Express
'You Don't Know Me is a brave debut by a barrister... an impressively original courtroom drama' - The Times
'You've never read anything quite like this' - Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
'A startlingly original debut from a criminal defence barrister, this story grabs from the very first sentence... utterly compelling throughout ... it is a stunning idea superbly executed' - Daily Mail
'This is an exciting first novel. To start with, it is highly original; what's more, it is cleverly plotted and convincingly written in a voice obviously not the author's own... I was left admiring this novel.' - Literary Review
'A daring concept executed to perfection, a hypnotic and authentic voice, and questions for us to answer as readers and people' - Lee Child
'It's the voice that does it: edgy, conflicted, desperately urgent. A startlingly confident and deft debut' - Tana French
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