The Return of Faraz Ali

Aamina Ahmad pays exacting attention to her characters’ psychological nuances in her debut novel, The Return of Faraz Ali. The neo-noir novel tells the tale of a Faraz Ali who was taken from his birthplace in Lahore (Pakistan’s second largest city) as a child only to be sent back years later by his powerful politician father, now as a police officer tasked with covering up …

Dead Man’s Hand

Photographer Jonah Samson's photo book of intricate noir-themed miniature scenes

In the midst of two recent gallery shows, photographer and CH contributor Jonah Samson put out a new book titled “Dead Man’s Hand.” This self-published offering, with a run of only 200 signed and numbered copies (10 of which are special editions that include a hand-painted silver print), contains a series of 20 thematically linked photographs, as well as found pin-up imagery and clippings from …