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The Unquiet Dead

por Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Séries: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak (1)

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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 his partner, 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. And if that's true, any number of people could have had reason to help him to his death. As Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, and there are no easy answers. Did the specters of Srebrenica return to haunt Drayton at last, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man just fall to his death in a tragic accident? 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"--… (mais)
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This police procedural was an excellent, gut-wrenching debut. ( )
  mmcrawford | Dec 5, 2023 |
The premise of the story is quite good. A man as fallen from a cliff near Toronto. Attempts to identify him reveal that he is possibly a war criminal from the Bosnian war. The chief investigator assigned to the case is a community liaison officer because of the political implications for how this man could have entered the country. Because of his past, many people would like to see him dead.

My problem with the book was the purple prose....so much over blown description where it wasn't necessary. I listened to this as an audiobook and found myself frequently rolling my eyes. One example repeated a couple of times in chapters near the end: "His ship of joy set sail"....yep, it means what you think it means. ( )
  tangledthread | Oct 3, 2023 |
I enjoy how Khan brings history and current tensions together via a mystery. The detective characters are complex and intriguing. ( )
  ccayne | Sep 23, 2023 |
Ok, what can I say that's not a spoiler? I ... I appreciate the backstory of this story, it's difficult and something everyone seems to have forgotten, or never learned. Probably the latter. I also spent big portions just sad the way I am with George, I don't know how women write women like this. I guess they probably exist but why do so many exist in fiction? Overall an interesting work. ( )
  Kiramke | Aug 26, 2023 |
THE UNQUIET DEAD Is a mystery with a promising premise. A man has died falling from a bluff, an apparent suicide. Yet, detectives are asked to investigate. That is because the man is suspected to have committed war crimes in Bosnia in the 1990s. If he did, then there are many people who would like to see him dead. So the detectives must determine whether the suspicion is true and, then, who killed him.

It’s a great premise, but I expected more of the investigation. It should not have bored me, but it did. ( )
  techeditor | Nov 21, 2021 |
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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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"Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, 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. And if that's true, any number of people could have had reason to help him to his death. As Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, and there are no easy answers. Did the specters of Srebrenica return to haunt Drayton at last, or had he been keeping secrets of an entirely different nature? Or, after all, did a man just fall to his death in a tragic accident? 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"--

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