- About the Book
Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But shes still uneasy at Khattaks tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Draytons death. Draytons apparently accidental fall from a cliff doesnt seem to warrant a police investigation, particularly not from Rachel and Khattaks 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 thats 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.
Khan, who has a PhD in international human rights law and specializes in the history of war crimes in the Balkans, avoids the sensationalist and gratuitous traps into which a lesser writer could fall.... 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.
Without divulging plot points that give "The Unquiet Dead" its resonance, it is clear that Khan has brought every ounce of her intellect and professional experience in working with Muslim refugees to this affecting debut.... Yet for all of the echoes of the greats, 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 genre will devour in one breathtaking sitting.
—Los Angeles Times
—Los Angeles Times