Welcome Hassan Riaz to the agency!
Welcome Hassan Riaz and his debut, ISLAMIC STATES OF AMERICA, a remarkable thriller that is literary, philosophical, terrifying and extremely accomplished. As we near the Fourth of July and think about the state of our country, Hassan Riaz’ book is a shocking and clear illumination of what we are all on the brink of.
Hassan Riaz is the 2nd generation Pakastani son of a family of surgeons and doctors. He is a general doctor who works at his own practice also owned by his semi-retired father in Los Angeles. At 43, he is a practicing Muslim and a devoted doctor, writing during early mornings and late at night. He wrote his debut novel after seven years of publishing short stories in various literary reviews. This book took a year and a half to write and he has planned out his second novel which will be a medical thriller. He is a meticulous researcher and very much a deep thinker.
I firmly believe that ISLAMIC STATES OF AMERICA captures the moment and strongly expresses the zeitgeist of the times. The main character of Jamal Stone, is a moral man in an insane world of violence, repression and war. Both sides are the same and the point of the book is that. I read the book in one sitting. It’s a page turner, has a tight and meticulously plotted narrative. It’s like a Greek Classic- like the Iliad and the Odyssey, this story is about a man on a treacherous journey trying to find his son. His trials and tribulations are hellish but his resolve and love of his son propel him no matter what. I have been haunted by the book since I read it. I think all readers, especially be entranced by it. We are so excited to represent Hassan Riaz and see this is the beginning of his global bestselling career! What a great movie this will make!