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Harry Virdee books in order: the complete series

If gritty, urban, contemporary British crime drama is what you’re looking for then A A Dhand’s series is perfect for you.

Set in Bradford, it follows detective Harry Virdee, a British English Sikh investigator, as he tries to solve murders in a city divided by race, violence and exploitation.

Having been compared to TV dramas Luther and The Wire it’s no wonder Dhand is working on the TV version. Get in quick and read the books before it hits the small screen.

A A Dhand’s Harry Virdee books in order:

Streets of Darkness by A A Dhand

1. Streets of Darkness (2016)

The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.

Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.

Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…

Girl Zero by A A Dhand

2. Girl Zero (2017)

Answering a routine call on the outskirts of the city, Detective Inspector Harry Virdee finds something he never thought he’d have to face – the cold body of his beloved niece.

He’s immediately banned from working the case, but there’s no way Harry can walk away while the monster who killed his flesh and blood is still walking the streets. But before he can find the killer, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news.

Impulsive, dangerous and frighteningly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find but if he isn’t careful, he may also have a murder to prevent.

City of Sinners by A A Dhand

3. City of Sinners (2019)

It is an ordinary Yorkshire morning, cold and miserable. The streets are not yet busy. Police cars hurriedly pull up in the centre of town, but none of their lights are flashing and the sirens are silent.

A body has been found, elaborately and painstakingly positioned to send a message. But what message? And to who?

It’s DCI Harry Virdee’s job to find out. But Harry doesn’t know that the killer is watching him, that the killer is coming for him. Because this is personal.

One Way Out by A A Dhand

4. One Way Out (2020)

A bomb detonates in Bradford’s City Park. When the alert sounds, DCI Harry Virdee has just enough time to get his son and his mother to safety before the bomb blows. But this is merely a stunt. The worst is yet to come.

A new and aggressive nationalist group, the Patriots, have hidden a second device under one of the city’s mosques. In exchange for the safe release of those at Friday prayers, the Patriots want custody of the leaders of radical Islamist group Almukhtareen – the chosen ones.

The government does not negotiate with terrorists. Even when thousands of lives are at risk.

There is only one way out. But Harry’s wife is in one of those mosques. Left with no choice, Harry must find the Almukhtareen, to offer the Patriots his own deal. Because sometimes the only way to save lives, is to take them.

The Blood Divide by A A Dhand

5. The Blood Divide (2021)

A detective rings the doorbell in the middle of the night. He wants to ask Jack Baxi some questions. Jack fears the police have come to arrest him. But things quickly take a darker, more violent turn.

He isn’t here to solve a crime. Because soon Jack is tortured and left for dead, with a young woman he’s never met before.

He’s here to commit a murder. Now, running for their lives, Jack and Aisha set out on a perilous journey from Bradford to Delhi to expose a dangerous organisation – and to save the lives of the people they love…

There you have it – A A Dhand’s Harry Virdee books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    I totally agree that his books are REAL page turners. My only gripe is that he uses The Lord’s name in sentences containing, or next to, the ‘F word’. I have been on his sight and mentioned this, also saying if this line of writing were used but using Hindu or Muslim deities, there would be a public outcry to say the least!

    Just read Streets of Darkness- so powerful I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one session. Great writing from someone who is not afraid to raise taboo subjects. Need to find the rest of the authors books now as I’m hooked !

    Is there another book after ‘One Way Out? It’s to good a series to end there. I’ve read all four books in two weeks. We all need to know if Harry and his Dad make up, we need more interaction with his brother, and to meet Saimas parents. Also need to explore Harry’s friendship or not? with Tariq. Also does Harry really quit his job??

    On my fourth book, each one different. Can’t get enough of them. These books would make brilliant drama series.

    Just finished reading City of Sinners and loved every page of it picked it up in my local library by chance can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of them.Harry Virdee a great character

    Read “City Of Sinners” & just finishing “Girl Zero” both brilliant. What Ilike about them is that when I worked as a driver I used to go to a lot of mills in Bradford so can associate with them. Next comes “Streets Of Darkness so hoping that’s as good.

    Waiting for the new one to come out think there all brilliant 👏

    I have just read Streets of Darkness and City of Sinners and have just discovered my new hero. Goodbye Jack Reacher and welcome to Harry Virdee. Books are fantastic.

    Just finished Streets of Darkness, I couldn’t stop reading it until the end!! Fantastic book. I am looking to get my hands on the other books.

    Have just finished One Way Out, it was so good.
    I want to read more. I have read the last book in the Harry Virdee series, but that’s ok. I have another great author to add to my reading list and will be recommending to others.

    Well written. These novels give a real sense of the community without distracting from a nail biting thriller. Can’t wait for number 5.

    Wow great author, I first read a short story read and was immediately hooked, now on his last book, come on Harry get writing I can’t wait for your next book. I haven’t been able to put any of his books down what a fantastic writer.

    Make sure that you read these books in order,as the relationships throughout them goes to telling more of reasons connecting and disconnected from all sides. These are good books to get into and should be made into a TV series.

    Just read city of sinners, a gift from a friend. I shall be reading the rest. Absolutely brilliant.

    Wow, myself and my mum in law love these books by a a dhand. He’s a brilliant writer, once you start reading, you can’t put the book down till it’s finished!
    Looking forward to the next one

    A.A. Dhand is my new favourite author from now on. I’ve read the whole of the Harry Virdee books and can’t wait for the next one! Mr. Dhand makes his characters come to life. He’s a brilliant story teller and hope he writes many many more

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