The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

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"Khan is a refreshing original, and The Unquiet Dead blazes what one hopes will be a new path guided by the author's keen understanding of the intersection of faith and core Muslim values, complex human nature and evil done by seemingly ordinary people. It is these qualities that make this a debut to remember and one that even those who eschew the [mystery] genre will devour in one breathtaking sitting." -- The LA Times

Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she's still uneasy at Khattak's tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton's death. Drayton's apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattak's team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But when she learns that Drayton may have been living under an assumed name, Rachel begins to understand why Khattak is tip-toeing around this case. It soon comes to light that Drayton may have been a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.

If that's true, any number of people might have had reason to help Drayton to his death, and a murder investigation could have far-reaching ripples throughout the community. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. Had the specters of Srebrenica returned to haunt Drayton at the end, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man justfall to his death from the Bluffs?

In her spellbinding debut, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice that will linger with readers long after turning the final page.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781250055118
1250055113
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm

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Marie_124
Oct 20, 2018

A solid introduction to a new series. I will definitely read book two.

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DAN F HAMMANG
Jul 05, 2018

This is a tough novel to pin down. The narrative is a fictional police procedural, noir mystery but the storyline is deeply steeped in the very real horrors of the war/slaughter in Bosnia during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Zehanat Khan rightly wants the story of the tragedy to be more widely known. In this respect she is very effective. You will know much more at the end of the novel, particularly if you read the footnotes that correspond to the quotations at the beginning of each chapter. It is hard to find words for the deep suffering experienced or for the depravity of the inflictors. It is very tough reading.

The story itself provides an interesting pair of detectives. As they follow the clues their own learning of the painful sources of suffering that drive the various characters paralleled this reader's own learning. I do have to say that standing alone the denouement is not particularly striking. It is the depth of the rest of the story that makes this a compelling read. The author has chosen wisely for a venue to convey these sad facts.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

First book in series set in Canada. Highly recommend. Also check out Vicki Delany's Smith and Winters (In the Shadow of the Glacier) and Louise Penny's Three Pines (Still Life) if you like mysteries set in Canada.

JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

This was a very different story as it was set in Toronto, but also in Bosnia. It's a brilliant matching of a devout Muslim detective with a white female partner, and the story is very current. It's dark, but very compelling.

ArapahoeAlyson Dec 13, 2017

An intriguing present day mystery coupled with a retelling of the horrors of the Bosnian war. I l loved this book for the combination, but the the Bosnian atrocities are painful to read about. I will look for more from this Colorado author.

multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2017

Detectives Esa Khattack and Rachel Getty are called to investigate the death of a rich philanthropist. Did he fall from a cliff or was it murder? And why was he living under an assumed name?
First book in the series.

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Candaceb108
Jun 06, 2017

Wonderful book, devastating way to learn more in depth about what happened in Bosnia, especially in 2017 in the USA. Well written, good characters, totally plausible story. Retained mystery. The author had a few glitches in the beginning that any good editor could have caught, but they are minor in view of the plot and its delivery.

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Rock_Shadow
Mar 30, 2017

Wonderful debut, a detective mystery set in Canada, that keeps unraveling till the very end. It's focused on the recent Bosnian history, ethnic cleansing of Muslims. Each chapter heading is an emotional historical quote that makes one ponder about Bosnia's and the world's history.

The fictional characters are somewhat stereotypical, yet, they are plentiful, and entertaining enough to make the book a satisfying read. The best character is Rachel, the strong, smart, and determined detective. I gave the book 4 stars for it's historical parts, for learning more about Srebrenica massacre of 1995 and related events, presented through narration of survivors. I look forward to reading more by Khan.

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Lirael
Jul 14, 2016

I learned more about Bosnia and the genocide in Srebrenica from this mystery than from any other source. Can't wait to read the author's second title!

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SNBell
Jul 25, 2015

This book is a must read. It is a mystery that take solace in Canada but has its roots in Bosnia. It is as it says in the back cover comments "[both] gripping and devastating)

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