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The Return of Faraz Ali

A Novel

by Aamina Ahmad

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The Return of Faraz Ali by Aamina Ahmad
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    Apr 2022, 352 pages

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The Return of Faraz Ali is a fascinating portrayal of life in Lahore's red-light district in the late 1960s.

In Aamina Ahmad's debut, The Return of Faraz Ali, the eponymous character is a police inspector in Lahore, Pakistan in 1968. As the book opens, he receives a call from an important politician saying there's been an "accident" in Shahi Mohalla, the red-light district of the city. The man states he knows Faraz is someone he can trust to ensure the "mess" is cleaned up "properly." Faraz, who's used to this kind of assignment, agrees, although he has a few qualms: The important politician is his father, Wajid; and Faraz hasn't set foot in Shahi Mohalla since he was five, when Wajid took him from his mother, a tawaif (sex worker). Faraz discovers the accident is in reality the brutal murder of a child who was being groomed to become a sex worker herself, and he finds he can't bring himself to follow Wajid's orders.

From the novel's description, readers would be forgiven for believing they'...

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