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The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels) Paperback – December 29, 2015
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“Gripping…An intelligent plot and graceful writing make The Unquiet Dead an outstanding debut that is not easily forgotten.” ―Associated Press
“This is Canadian-born Khan's first novel and what a debut it is!...Khan knows her subject, knows her hometown, and knows how to keep the suspense building. This is a writer to watch.” ―The Globe and Mail
“Beautiful and powerful.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Khan's stunning debut is a poignant, elegantly written mystery laced with complex characters.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Compelling and hauntingly powerful…anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“A spectacular debut. Khan has written a heartbreaking book that stays with you long after you've put it down.” ―REZA ASLAN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot
“What a debut! Ausma Khan's The Unquiet Dead is a stirring mystery with unexpected, complex characters and a story that will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours.” ―JILLIANE HOFFMAN, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Things
“Evocative, surprising, and important. With its mesmerizingly personal voice, each lyrical sentence reveals another suspenseful layer of this complex and heartbreaking mystery. Harrowing and disturbing, its delicate strength creates tension on every page.” ―HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of The Other Woman
“It would be enough that Ausma Zehanat Khan's The Unquiet Dead gives us an intriguing new detective team in Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty. But it does far more than that. Khan creates an engrossing story that allows her to sift through the emotional rubble of real-world tragedy. In the end, it isn't just gripping. It's devastating.” ―STEVE HOCKENSMITH, Edgar-nominated author of Holmes on the Range
About the Author
AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She is a former adjunct law professor and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband. The Unquiet Dead is her first novel.
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Christopher Drayton has been found dead, an accidental fall from the cliffs near his home. A hiking trail used by the locals along the shores of Lake Ontario near Toronto, leads to an area know as Cathedral Bluffs where erosion makes getting too close to the edge very dangerous. But this simple accident may not be so simple. Esa Khattak has been asked by his superior and friend to look into Drayton's death. Khattak, head of Canada's Community Policing Section (CPS) which looks into cases involving ethnic minorities. A strange request that Khattak agrees to look into along with a once up and coming officer, Rachel Getty.
As both Esa and Rachel look deeper into Drayton's life and the lives of those around him, they find that his death may not have been so simple as an accidental fall from a cliff. There may be motive for a number of people to have been involved in Drayton's death. And Drayton may not be whom he appeared to be. There is a possibility that Drayton may be a Bosnian War criminal known as Drazen Krstic, one of the leaders that oversaw the genocide that occurred Srebrenica.
At the same time both Esa and Rachel must examine their own lives and deal with the personal issues that drive them and have caused their withdrawal from the people that they should be closest to.
Khan does an excellent job of looking into the personal lives the two police officers, all while they uncover the layers of subterfuge that may have hidden the monster in their midst. It is a character study into why we, as human beings, often fail to look too closely at the people that surround us, for fear of finding our own failings. And we often want to ignore the realities that horror may exist within our world.
I think this book is an excellent introduction to the characters that will appear in Ms. Khan's sequel " The Language of Secrets". I found this to be a well constructed, evenly paced novel that pulls the reader along and assures us that even in this day and age human atrocities can and do still occur. The headings on each chapter are the actual testimony heard during the War Crimes Tribunal held after the Bosnian War. This is a highly recommended read.,
One example was, when Inspector Essa Khattak, himself Pakistani, expresses interest in a blond woman, his police partner, Rachel Getty, says, "A blonde sir? Really?"
Why can't he like a blonde? I must be missing something here.
However, overall the characters were interesting individuals & the story lines were worth developing. Ms. Khan managed to do an interesting mix of Officer Getty's investigation into the disappearance of her younger brother, Zach, into the mystery of the death of town resident Christopher Drayton and what happened in the 1990s to the citizens of Bosnia, perhaps at his hands.
She got me interested in the history of this region as well as Islamic teachings and perhaps I will read some more of her writing.
Esa Khattak and Det. Rachel Getty are members of the Canadian Community Policing Section which handles minority-sensitive investigation. At first glance, it doesn’t seem that the death of Christopher Drayton, who is believed to have fallen from a cliff, fits their charter. Or does it? And is that Drayton’s real name? Was he really Canadian, or did he have a much darker past?
During this time in which we live, learning about other cultures and religions is not only informative but vital. The very humanizing aspect of Khattak’s rug being made by his ancestors, that we learn of his wife’s death, are good indications of the man. It is also an excellent introduction to the character’s history and that of the unit he heads up; the Community Policing Station.
How refreshing when an author with eschews chapter-ending cliff hangers, but with uses clues instead. Good chapter headings; some mild, others disturbing, are also much appreciated and can add so much—“Father, take care of my children, look after my children.” It is only much later one realizes the significance of these passages. There are many passages within the text that cause us to pause and consider—“Because friendship was more than a source of comfort or a place of belonging. It was a source of responsibility.”
Although this is the first book in the series, there are constant references to a past time where Rachel and Khattack worked together. One may find this more annoying than informative. However, learning of Rachel’s background and present concerns does bring her to life. What is interesting is how Rachel actually becomes the lead character after Khattack becomes too personally invested in the events. She is a wonderful character and one of whom one would like to see more.
Best of all, we are provided with so many examples of such fine writing—“She scorned those who genuflected at the temple of nonviolence, their voices ringing with praise of the defenseless victims of butchery while they sat on their hands when the gods of carnage came calling.” So much of the book’s theme is relevant today—“It was a compelling history lesson: how quickly the violent ideals of ultra-nationalism led to hate, how quickly hate to blood.”
“An Unquiet Dead” is more a novel and a warning—“Everywhere the radical right was rising: Sweden, France, Belgium, Denmark, Holland. While a steady stream of vitriol drifted north of the US border.”--rather than a mystery. Either way, it is disturbing and painful, and excellent.
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