The Shah of Chicago
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When he gets out of jail for the seventh time, Yaqub Shah aka Jack Kingâ€”from Chicagoâ€”vows never to go back again. Fed up of running small-time scams for other people, he convinces his law-abiding guardian, Uncle Jalal, that he wants to sort out his life and return to Pakistan. What he really has in mind is a blockbuster heroin dealÃ‘sourcing product from the motherland, and supplying to the Midwest in Americaâ€”which will let him retire as the ‘King of Chicago.’
Heading back to the place of a painful pastâ€”his dear mother long gone and an estranged father only interested in his business empireâ€”Jack is determined to stay no longer than necessary. Pakistan, however, finds a way of getting under his skinâ€”he falls in love with the beautiful Afroz, who reminds him of the futility of running away from home; he gets into a drunken scuffle with Mushtaq Gill, who happens to be the head of the National Intelligence Agency; and when things really start heating up, he must confront himself and the life he truly desires.
A thrilling caper, a hedonistic romp and a poignant homecoming story, The Shah of Chicago is a high-octane, swashbuckling adventure.
Nate Rabe is an Australian-American writer who was born and educated in India and Pakistan. He has regularly written on South Asian music and photography for Scroll.in, TheWire.in and other publications. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.