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The unquiet dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
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The unquiet dead (edition 2015)

by Ausma Zehanat Khan

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"Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and ... Detective Rachel Getty look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death--which looks like an accident--doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995"--… (more)
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The book shines in its descriptions of the war and its survivors. The murder plot itself is quite easy to unpack, though, and the two detectives are likeable but could do with a more in-depth characterization. ( )
  LubicaP | Mar 21, 2020 |
The Unquiet Dead presented a chapter of history that I overlooked. A man falls to his death from an English hillside. Was the man pushed or did he commit suicide, or did he accidently slip and fall to his death? Rachel Getty and her boss, Esa Khattak gingerly search for answers in a death possibly connected to the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica. Author Zehanot Khan artfully maneuvers through the persecution of the Muslims in Srebrenica. These unfortunate people were starved, beaten, raped, killed, and imprisoned. Zehanot Khan displays the horror and the beauty of the Muslims. The story also shows the human errors of people such as Christopher Drayton and Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. Rachel and her family suffer the disappearance of a brother/son and must come to acceptance of his lifestyle. A troubling but uplifting book. ( )
  delphimo | Feb 11, 2020 |
This book was published in 2015 but I didn't take notice of it until someone praised it online. I thought I would see what this new to me Canadian mystery series was all about and now I am hooked. And it turns out this author also writes science fiction so I'm going to have to check that out too.

Detective Esa Khattak is head of Community Policing Section, a federal initiative set up in response to the bungling of the Maher Arar case.He and his partner, Rachel Getty, investigate crimes that are racially motivated, particularly ones against people of the Muslim faith. He gets a call from a friend who is a historian at the Department of Justice about the death of a man on the Scarborough Bluffs. For some chapters we don't learn why this would be a case for Khattak; he doesn't even disclose why he is looking into the death of Christopher Drayton. Drayton had a house on the shoreline in Scarborough and had done well as a businessman. He was planning to marry Mellanie Blessant, a local woman with two teenage girls, and he was contemplating making a large donation to a local museum that was about to open. So it seemed Drayton had a lot to live for which ruled out suicide. Then the question is did he slip or was he pushed? And did the secret in his past lead someone to end his life or was it domestically related? All of these things Khattak and Getty explore and eventually Getty finds out that Drayton changed his name before coming to Canada. He was from the former Yugoslavia and may be an architect of one of the worst incidences of genocide since the Second World War.

I was not paying much attention to the news when Yugoslavia melted into its component parts and fighting broke out there. I did know that Canada sent peacekeepers there and that there were many horrible events that caused PTSD in many of the soldiers who served there. This book filled in many of my knowledge gaps while still preserving an interesting story line in present day Canada. Well done. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jan 4, 2020 |
4.5 stars The characters are flawed, but well-developed and while the two main characters have secrets that in lesser hands could become annoying distractions, Khan deftly weaves them into the story, enhancing the narrative, not distracting from it. A man accidentally falls to his death while out for a walk. But is it an accident? Esa Khattak is asked to investigate because there's a rumor the man was not a successful philanthropic businessman, but rather a wanted war criminal. As Khattak and his partner, Rachel Getty search for the truth, the author provides heartbreaking details about the war in Bosnia and the atrocities committed. The ending to the novel is not neat and tidy, but it is satisfying, and I look forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  DGRachel | Jun 12, 2019 |
The characters are flawed, but well-developed and while the two main characters have secrets that in lesser hands could become annoying distractions, Khan deftly weaves them into the story, enhancing the narrative, not distracting from it. A man accidentally falls to his death while out for a walk. But is it an accident? Esa Khattak is asked to investigate because there's a rumor the man was not a successful philanthropic businessman, but rather a wanted war criminal. As Khattak and his partner, Rachel Getty search for the truth, the author provides heartbreaking details about the war in Bosnia and the atrocities committed. The ending to the novel is not neat and tidy, but it is satisfying. ( )
  DGRachel | Apr 2, 2019 |
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Throughout Getty and Khattak’s solid and comprehensive investigation, Khan’s talents are evident. This first in what may become a series is a many-faceted gem. It’s a sound police procedural, a somber study of loss and redemption and, most of all, a grim effort to make sure that crimes against humanity are not forgotten.
 

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Let justice be done lest the world perish. -Hegel
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For my parents, Dr. Zehanat Ali Khan and Mrs. Nasima Khan, whose love and shining example are everything.
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Esa Khattak turned his head to the right, offering the universal salaam at the conclusion of the evening prayer.
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"Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and ... Detective Rachel Getty look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton's death--which looks like an accident--doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995"--

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