In Talks with : A A Dhand, Author of Streets of Darkness
Updated on: 28 Jun 2016
It is rare for the television rights of a debut work of crime fiction to be grabbed before it is out in the market. But Detective Inspector Harry Virdee in Secrets of Darkness, authored by A A Dhand, is a compelling character who brings to mind the other noir greats — Luther, The Wire, Rebus and Bosch. A Sikh with a quick temper, Virdee has only 10 hours to stop an edgy Bradford from exploding into race riots when the drug-fuelled political cauldron comes to a boil. Dhand tells Malini Nair that he wanted a true Asian character, but one who shattered all cliches
Your very first work is being compared to Luther and The Wire for its mood, working class backdrop and noir effect. For a practising pharmacist-turned-writer that is some achievement.
I have always enjoyed writing and I was obsessed with stories and movies. However, writing is a far from stable profession and pharmacy was something I was very much interested in and it offered the scope later in life to commit to writing. It is far easier to be creative knowing you have a steady income.