The Unquiet Dead.pdf
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, "The Unquiet Dead," 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.
"A spectacular debut. Khan has written a heartbreaking book that stays with you long after you've put it down."--REZA ASLAN, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Zealot""What a debut! Ausma Khan's "The Unquiet Dead" is a stirring mystery with unexpected, complex characters and a story that will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours."--JILLIANE HOFFMAN, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pretty Little Things""Evocative, surprising, and important. With its mesmerizingly personal voice, each lyrical sentence reveals another suspenseful layer of this complex and heartbreaking mystery. Harrowing and disturbing, its delicate strength creates tension on every page."--HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, Agatha, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of "The Other Woman""It would be enough that Ausma Zehanat Khan's "The Unquiet Dead" gives us an intriguing new detective team in Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty. But it does far more than that. Khan creates an engrossing story that allows her to sift through the emotional rubble of real-world tragedy. In the end, it isn't just gripping. It's devastating."--STEVE HOCKENSMITH, Edgar-nominated author of "Holmes on the Range"
AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She is a former adjunct law professor and Editor-in-Chief of "Muslim Girl" magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband. "The Unquiet Dead" is her first novel.