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Andles 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 1995If 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 in. In this excellent debut novel Ausma Zehanat Khan presents a story with crime old and possibly new a mystery of identity and possibly murder or was it accident reminders of genocide as well as the need for and cost of justice social ills at home and abroad She works with a very bold pen and does it very very well The plotting and characters are well done and eminently believable The prose is eual to her taskIn one example of the beauty and elegance of her prose I ve selected a sentence from late in the novel when answers seem hidden from the investigating officers A steely rain slanted against the horizon the lake beyond arranged in little thrusts of chaos against the shadowy outline of the shore the white bone of the Bluffs at a treacherous distance loc 4421Within this sentence are reflected the mental and emotional confusion of everyone involved The elements reflect the characters perfectly at precisely the exact moment Then there are shorter sentences that sing The first fresh sails on his personal ship of joy began to unfurl loc 3931The terrible background to the plot though is the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s Does it connect And if so how There are excerpts from haunting testimony you won t soon forget used purposefully throughout the novel I highly recommend this book to all who like contemporary mysteries with historical import combined with excellent writing and researchA copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review

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To the life and death of Christopher Drayton every uestion seems to lead only to uestions 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 BluffsIn 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. An incredibly powerful novel setting a mystery within the context of the war in the former Yugoslavia really hitting home about what happened there and creating a group of unforgettable characters This had me in tears an awful lot of the timeI of course am old enough to remember that time but being removed from it watching images on the television that never really got to the heart of the matter you don t really get how godawful that war was how many lives were lost what went on there Reading The Unuiet Dead was an education in that respect a masterclass in how fiction can hit home in ways that reality often cannotAt the same time The Unuiet Dead is an entertaining and well plotted mystery although I never really felt like I was reading a whodunnit a who are they which applied to all the characters including our main protagonists Getty and Khattak Khattak is really the most intriguing creation in this first of the series we have only just scratched the surface which bodes well for the rest Getty is eually intriguing but on different levels as a duo they were endlessly fascinatingUsing a clever multi layered style of storytelling wherein we find out some hard truths about life on the ground in the former Yugoslavia whilst the war was raging and present time as Khattak and Getty dig into the life and death of the man known as Drayton you are drawn deeper and deeper into some dark dangerous and horrifying realities Every character is finely drawn the author teasing out the detail slowly revealing the heart of them and through that the answers finally emerge Often the narrative takes your breath away the ultimate resolution leaving you melancholy and contemplative to call this novel thought provoking isn t really good enough but its all I ve gotIncredibly emotional ever riveting completely immersive The Unuiet Dead is one of those books I want to make everyone read absorb and appreciateHighly Recommended

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A complex and provocative story of loss redemption and the cost of justice that will linger with readers long after turning the final pageDespite 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 h. In this series debut by Ausma Zehanat Khan the reader faces some of the most traumatic storytelling imaginable of a set of recent historical events offset by a Canadian police procedural that does not wane at any point Khan writes with a passion and develops a powerful piece that is as much about Canadian society as many other locations around the world One part of the Toronto Police Service is the Community Relations branch responsible for working with and solving crimes within the city s numerous minority groups Its elite team is Pakistani born Esa Khattak and city local Rachel Getty Khattak well versed in policing has experience dealing with the minority community which is enriched by being a practicing Muslim He is able to educate Getty while also allowing her to flourish on her own as she has grown up in Toronto and see it change over the years Word comes that Khattak and Getty are to attend the home of Christopher Drayton who is said to have fallen off a cliff outside his home An apparent suicide neither Khattak nor Getty can surmise what brings them here particularly since Drayton is no minority and the fall seems uite straightforward Adding to the mystery there are a number of letters in Drayton s safe which have been handed over by his somewhat flighty fianc e Each piece of correspondence is uite abrasive and the writer seems keen to express violent tendencies forcing Khattak and Getty to wonder if there is to the life of Drayton than meets the eye Further investigating leads to some troubling leads as well as a handful of potential suspects each with their own views on Drayton While Khattak and Getty both face personal adversity throughout the novel they come to realise that the victim may have a life known to few and a past full of deception Getting to the heart of the matter Khattak cannot help but challenge his superiors to better understand why this case was tossed in his lap It is only then that the full impact of things is realized and the case spirals to new and nefarious levels while echoing at the highest levels of the Canadian Government A brilliant series debut which allows me to see why it received the accolades it did Highly recommended to the reader who can handle heart wrenching topics enveloped in a police investigation as well as those who love procedural novels with a Canadian flavouringIt was a morning scan of Goodreads that brought Ausma Zehanat Khan to my attention and left me scrambling to get my hands on this series This debut opens with an interesting spin and the focus of crime in Toronto left me wondering if it would be another all praise Canada s self proclaimed best city or something I could recommend to others Khan takes Canadian multiculturalism and mixes it with the subjugation of minorities in such a way that the reader cannot help but want to learn The two protagonists come from completely different backgrounds but mesh together so well Esa Khattak is a Muslim who has a great deal of police experience and had witnessed minority disenfranchisement first hand His desire to set things right is only part of his impetus for being on the Community Relations team though he is happy to educate his much younger partner about the ways of the world for those not so well off He struggles with his faith his personal beliefs and his need for facts throughout this novel though is far from rigid in his views on all subjects Rachel Getty s life has been anything but easy though it differs greatly from that of her partner Getty has seen much in her young life particularly with an abusive father who tried to pigeonhole her in a certain way and a brother who s gone missing after finding solace in drugs Getty seeks to learn from Khattak but also brings her own perspective to events such that she can be teacher as well as pupil She tries to come to her assigned tasks with an open mind in a city and country that remains fixated on the Anglo Saxon way of living There are a handful of other characters whose depiction adds layers to the story that I cannot put properly into words I will hold back so as not to spoil some of the narrative that weaves its way through the well established chapters but the reader should pay particular attention to those who do not seek the limelight and listen to the story they have to tell The narrative was amazing and I was drawn to the story from the opening pages Twists and turns throughout as well as detailed descriptions of events that many could not even fathom fill the pages of this book Some will run away and call not for me too violent though it is something that cannot be hidden and no reader should ostrich themselves The uncomfortable is the only way that Khan can truly tell the tale of of the unuiet dead Those who listen are better off for it in my humble Canadian opinionKudos Madam Khan for such a riveting tale to open this series I cannot wait to see what themes return and which new perspectives you have to offer in the second 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10 thoughts on “The Unuiet Dead

  1. says:

    Simply superb Harrowing and compelling defying genres The Unuiet Dead left a mark on me and I'll be thinking about it for a long time It's a crime thriller it's a historical fiction it's a war story It's beautiful and heartbreakingDark and brutal at times moody and bleak I couldn't stop reading even when at times it left me struggling to breathe I'm at a loss to find words to explain how beautiful that book is despite it's horrific subject

  2. says:

    In this series debut by Ausma Zehanat Khan the reader faces some of the most traumatic storytelling imaginable of a set of recent historical events offset by a Canadian police procedural that does not wane at any point Khan

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    The Unuiet Dead has moved me emotionally like no other mystery ever has before and is uite possibly one of the best books I've read I will admit to being an historian and the amount of research that Khan invested in this book is staggering The mystery involvess the death of Christopher Drayton Was it accidental murder or even suicide that led Drayto over the Canadian bluffs Even mysterious is the uestion of Drayton's t

  4. says:

    Everything about the concept of this debut novel intrigued me a disgraced and demoted second generation Canadian Muslim police investigator Khattuck finds himself investigating the suspicious death of a man who turns out to be the Bosnian Serb war criminal Dražen Krstić Krstić had changed his name to Christopher Drayton and had settled into a life of comfort in Toronto The NYT had just such a story leading their 3115 Sunday e

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    Rounded up from 45 stars This debut is the first in a series that's now five books strong and I'm working my way through the rest The Canadian procedurals center the investigative team of detective Esa Khattak and his assistant Rachel Getty who are often called upon to investigate crimes in the Muslim community of Toronto navigating cultural and political divides to do so I beg you do NOT read the spoiler laden

  6. says:

    In this excellent debut novel Ausma Zehanat Khan presents a story with crime old and possibly new; a mystery of identity an

  7. says:

    An incredibly powerful novel setting a mystery within the context of the war in the former Yugoslavia – really hitting home about what happened there and creating a group of unforgettable characters This had me in tears an awful lot of the timeI of course am old enough to remember that time but being removed from it watching images on the television that never really got to the heart of the matter you don’t really get how g

  8. says:

    HOLY COW That was goodFor a full review check out

  9. says:

    I love to read really smart well written mysteries They can be difficult to find sometimes but when you do it's amazing I would recommend this novel to fans of Tana French as there are similarities between this novel and Tana French's novels in terms of their being intelligent and well written mysteries Complex characters a heartbreaking story high uality writing and great pacing made this one stand out to me I loved every moment

  10. says:

    After I had finished this book I kept wondering Why? Why did the author use such a totally unlikely detective story to showcase the horrors at Srebrenica? If I gave examples I would be revealing too much of the story but