The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

Book - 2015
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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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250055118
Characteristics: 344 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

The Unquiet Dead presented a chapter of history that I overlooked. A man falls to his death from an English hillside. Was the man pushed or did he commit suicide, or did he accidently slip and fall to his death? Rachel Getty and her boss, Esa Khattak gingerly search for answers in a death possibly connected to the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica. Author Zehanot Khan artfully maneuvers through the persecution of the Muslims in Srebrenica. These unfortunate people were starved, beaten, raped, killed, and imprisoned. Zehanot Khan displays the horror and the beauty of the Muslims. The story also shows the human errors of people such as Christopher Drayton and Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. Rachel and her family suffer the disappearance of a brother/son and must come to acceptance of his lifestyle. A troubling but uplifting book.

Sep 15, 2019

A great story.

Aug 26, 2019

Tea & Talk Book Club / March 2018

Apr 05, 2019

canadian. 1st of mystery series. excellent reviews

Oct 20, 2018

A solid introduction to a new series. I will definitely read book two.

JCLCherylMY May 05, 2018

First book in series set in Canada. Highly recommend. Also check out Vicki Delany's Smith and Winters (In the Shadow of the Glacier) and Louise Penny's Three Pines (Still Life) if you like mysteries set in Canada.

JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

This was a very different story as it was set in Toronto, but also in Bosnia. It's a brilliant matching of a devout Muslim detective with a white female partner, and the story is very current. It's dark, but very compelling.

ArapahoeAlyson Dec 13, 2017

An intriguing present day mystery coupled with a retelling of the horrors of the Bosnian war. I l loved this book for the combination, but the the Bosnian atrocities are painful to read about. I will look for more from this Colorado author.

multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2017

Detectives Esa Khattack and Rachel Getty are called to investigate the death of a rich philanthropist. Did he fall from a cliff or was it murder? And why was he living under an assumed name?
First book in the series.

Jun 06, 2017

Wonderful book, devastating way to learn more in depth about what happened in Bosnia, especially in 2017 in the USA. Well written, good characters, totally plausible story. Retained mystery. The author had a few glitches in the beginning that any good editor could have caught, but they are minor in view of the plot and its delivery.

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