Publisher: No Exit Press
Publication date 10th October 2017
Really delighted to be part of the literary campaign by No Exit Press Hunt For Read October. I was provided with an ARC copy of the book by the publisher and I’ve chosen to review it.
I reviewed the first book in this series The Unquiet Dead Here
As with the first book in this gripping series, this is an intelligent read. Concentration in the first few chapters is necessary to absorb the names of the characters (the ones other than Khattak and Getty that is) and to establish who and what they’re investigating because the initial crime in this case is out of the ordinary. Set in Toronto, the book starts with the murder of an old friend of Esa Khattak, head of the Community Policing Section, Mohsin Dar who had apparently infiltrated a terrorist group.
Once into the book prepare to become immersed into the plot as it gathers pace and becomes another powerful read by the author Ausma Zehanat Khan.
The case under investigation has a similarity to real life case of the Toronto 18, an extremist group that intended to attack Canadian Parliament in 2006, which is pointed out in the book. This book goes some way into explaining the complicated political aspects of the war against terrorism.
I like the dynamics of the relationship between ESA Khattak and Rachel Getty. It’s believable and works well. Khattak appreciates the talents and skills of Getty, while she respects and values Khattak. The relationship is tested though when Rachel goes undercover as a new religious convert to to try to infiltrate the terrorist cell.
With various twists, unexpected turns and involvement of Khattak family, both Khattak and Getty encounter dangerous characters and situations.
As in the first book of the series, this book was well crafted, compelling, character led and has a very gripping storyline that held my interest right until the end.
About the Author
Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of The Unquiet Dead, published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books, and winner of the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. Her widely acclaimed second novel, The Language of Secrets, was published in 2016. Among the Ruins, her third mystery was published in February 2017. She is also at work on a fantasy series, to be published by Harper Voyager, beginning October 2017. The Bloodprint is Book One of the Khorasan Archives.