Omar Shahid Hamid is an award-winning Pakistani novelist whose work draws heavily on his experiences as a police officer and counter-terrorism specialist. Three of his novels,

The Prisoner


The Spinner’s Tale

(2015), and

The Party Worker

(2017), are quintessential crime thrillers. Hamid has also written

The Fix

(2019), a cricket thriller, and


(2021), an espionage novel.

Born on 23 October 1977, Hamid attended the prestigious Karachi Grammar School and went on to read law at the University of Kent in Canterbury between 1995 and 1998. Tragedy struck in the summer before Hamid began his final year at university. On 5 July 1997, his father Shahid Hamid was murdered by four assassins as he left his residence in Karachi. Nineteen-year-old Hamid and his mother Shahnaz Hamid were

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Citation: Kehar, Taha. "Omar Shahid Hamid". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 December 2022 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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