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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 hea

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    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 locat

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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 suicid

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    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 t

  5. says:

    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 th

  6. says:

    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 just

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    An incredibly powerful novel setting a mystery within the context of the war in the former Yugoslavia – really hitting

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    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 heartb

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    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 I ask anyone who has read the book to consider how probable this mystery story is To me this lack of verisimilit

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Per into 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 pag 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 The Unuiet Kindle 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 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 true identity It falls to Detective Rachel Gerry and her boss Esa Khattak to discern the truth What soon becomes apparent no spoiler here is that Drayton is a war criminal from the horrific Bosnian Muslim slaughter of the 1990 s This of course greatly widens t h e field of suspectsor does itThroughout the book Khan has interwoven testimony narratives uranic verses that were included in the documentation presented before the United Nations War Tribunal These accounts are difficult but necessary to read in order to fully understand the book itself For those misguided critics here on Goodreads who claim it is manufactured there is an appendix at the end of the book with all the references clearly marked As an American I had NO idea about this Muslim slaughter just I am sure there are many westerners today who are turning a blind eye toward Palestine Kashmir Burma YemenYes we read mysteries for pleasure and this is definitely deeper than most however I also read for knowledge and with incredible book I absolutely came away far educated than I was before If possible I not only would recommend this book I would make it reuired reading in our high schools FIVE PLUS STARS

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's 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 If 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 dee 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 Dra en Krsti Krsti 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 edition last week so we know it is entirely plausible that Bosnian war criminals have settled into new lucrative lives in the US and Canada lost in the shuffle of refugees from the former YugoslaviaThe author Ausma Zehanat Khan is a British born Canadian with a PhD in international human rights law specializing in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans Khan has an undeniable street cred when detailing the conflict in Yugoslavia and its aftermath Therefore it pains me to say that The Unuiet Dead does not really work as a novel or at least a good novel This will not stop anyone interested in the topic from having a look at this but it may prepare you for a difficult fiction reading experience All the ingredients for a long lived policier are there an interesting and troubled minority investigator and his unlikely sidekick a twenty something white woman called Rachel Her background has the reuisite complexities childhood of poverty abusive father estranged brother crazy mother But somehow the whole doesn t hang straight Characters lack verisimilitude and dimension conversation has an invented uality For instance what twenty something police investigator earning a good wage would continue to live with mad parents on the off chance a brother who had left seven years before could only contact her there I heard Khan s explanation but it doesn t work If the boy had wits enough to survive seven years in the wilds of the world he should be able to trace her whereabouts in her home town of Torontouotes of statements from reports letters tribunals witnesses the ur an head the chapters and are interspersed throughout the parallel story of the investigation and are given fuller explanation in her Notes at the back of the book Some chapters feature long seemingly remembered but I suspect invented passages that bear witness to the events in the torn Yugoslavia The horror of the events there are undeniable I found it difficult to keep my skittering eyes on the page Since we have heard something of these events reference to them alone strikes one with terror and fear Since fiction is suspect in what it reveals perhaps this information would be better presented elsewhere Perhaps Khan thought we wouldn t be interested if she published a separate book of nonfiction about the events at Srbrenica She raises some very relevant and thought provoking issues was the international arms embargo to the Bosnian territorial units responsible for the horrific intensification of violence because one side had an inability to defend themselves against the side that had the former Yugoslav army mat riel One might make an opposite argument that supplying weapons to one side or the other could intensify the violence of the fighting Another issue she touches upon is the inability of Immigration departments in the West to locate and bring to justice known war criminals and fugitives from justice These are worthy subjects of study and discussion They can fit in a fiction but everything else has to work as wellThe successful writing of fiction is a difficult enterprise What surprised me was not that Khan did not succeed but that she came so close to managing it The ingredients for a brilliant policier are there including an important and relevant subject of investigation She just needed the example of a few classics of the genre to get help with conversation and depth of character development and to trust her readers to have a sense of discomfiture when the word Bosnia is mentioned We ll get the real details of the events in Srbrenica elsewhere if she mentions them tangentially rather than head on I have long mused on the difficulty of bringing real life events by known scholars to the world of fiction One wonders why the authors make the switch If it is because they want to inform us mostly I think they might run into difficulty If it is because they really want to write fiction important relevant fiction the endeavor will take all they have and I love important relevant fiction so I am going to encourage them Brava Khan