Draped in a cloak called crime fiction this narrative speaks of truths we all need to hear.
The Unquiet Dead
Ausma Zehanat Khan
St. Martin’s Press
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 just fall 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.
WOW! This book is….is so many things, it has blown me away! I don’t know where to begin or how to write a review to do this book justice. And did I mention this is the author’s debut novel? This author is incredibly gifted and I predict this book winning many awards.
- Is a great work of crime fiction.
- Speaks in a voice that is intelligent, articulate and captivating.
- Is at times beautifully descriptive.
- Is at times brutally honest, tough, grim, disturbing and so so sad.
- Has wonderful empathetic characters that you want to know more about.
- The settings both in Canada and Srebrenica are powerful and realistic.
- The mysteries are captivating.
- The evilness lingers leaving a bitter taste in your mouth.
This is a complex book about family, beliefs, relationships, loss, justice, trust, crimes and the ugliness in our world. This book begs you to read it and defies you to not be moved, this book pricks at your conscience and perhaps persuades you to choose a path that is more tolerant and accepting or maybe it gives you a nudge to become a more political individual; after you have read this book you will not be the person you were when you woke this morning. This book will enlighten and move you. Read it.
This book is the first I have read for the Eclectic Reader Challenge 2015