The Party Worker by Omar Shahid Hamid, is my first book by the author and I sure am going to pick up the other two in my next book haul session. With its pinch of humor, the novel narrates a tragic gripping tale of Karachi.
I like my crime fiction as a pace runner and The Party Worker fits the bill. The story starts with an assassination attempt gone south, in the heart of New York City, on Asad Haider. He is a United Front Party (a political organization based in Karachi!) loyalist, considered to have betrayed it after investing 28 years and helping turn it into a Frankenstein. The mystery of who is behind the attempt on his life is resolved early on in the book. This gripping tale revolves around a bunch of people spread between Karachi and New York, working to bring down the leader of the Party, Mohammed Ali Pichkari, generally referred to as the Don.
The Party Worker gives you a window into the intertwined relationship shared by politics and senseless violence in the city of lights. You don’t have to a resident Karachiite to get flashbacks of the 90s when frequent blood bath in the city was being discussed nationwide.
Hamid’s bio can be credited in part for the realistic feel of the narrative. He works at the Counter terrorism department of the Karachi Police and have recently returned to active duty after a five year sabbatical. His intimacy with the city with all its shades of grey transpires on paper and are a treat to read.