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The Language of Secrets: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels Series, Book 2
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The Unquiet Dead author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles in The Language of Secrets, a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.
Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year's Day. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods.
INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin's death, and then to bury the lead. They can't risk exposing their operation, or Mohsin's role in it. But Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he knows he can't just let this murder slide. So Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam, and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin's murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal.

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Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year's Day. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods.
INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin's death, and then to bury the lead. They can't risk exposing their operation, or Mohsin's role in it. But Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he knows he can't just let this murder slide. So Khattak sends his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, undercover into the unsuspecting mosque which houses the terrorist cell. As Rachel tentatively reaches out into the unfamiliar world of Islam, and begins developing relationships with the people of the mosque and the terrorist cell within it, the potential reasons for Mohsin's murder only seem to multiply, from the political and ideological to the intensely personal.

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        "Khan delivers an action-packed police procedural complemented by strong characters with believable motives."

      • premium: False
      • source: Library Journal (starred review)
      • content: "Exceptionally fine...A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today."
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "Sophisticated...The characters are well-drawn and pleasingly varied: Khattak is a compelling protagonist, a cerebral, reserved Muslim comfortable with his faith but not ruled by it, and the buoyant, hockey-loving Getty is an endearing foil. The cell members are afforded fully dimensional personalities and varied passions, ideals, and justifications for their actions; everyone has their reasons, Khan understands, and her nuanced exploration of those reasons elevates her second novel above the general run of detective fiction. A smart, measured, immersive dive into a poorly understood, terrifyingly relevant subculture of violent extremism."
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "Impressive...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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        November 30, 2015
        Loosely based on a terrorist plot foiled by Canadian law enforcement in 2006, Khan’s engaging sequel to 2014’s The Unquiet Dead finds Esa Khattak, the head of Toronto’s Community Policing Section, investigating the murder of an estranged friend, Mohsin Dar, who, unbeknownst to him, infiltrated a Muslim terrorist cell that was planning a devastating attack. Khattak, who still mourns his late wife seven years after her death, struggles daily with his man-in-the-middle role between police and fellow Muslims. But as he and his personable partner, Sgt. Rachel Getty, sprint to uncover out what’s really going on in the cell led by the charismatic Hassan Ashkouri while being kept dangerously in the dark by Khattak’s nemesis, Ciprian Coale, about a larger antiterrorist operation, the stakes suddenly skyrocket with the engagement of Khattak’s headstrong sister, Ruksh, to Ashkouri. Those prepared to slog through the blizzard of poetry used to convey clues will be rewarded by a gripping climax in the snowy wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park. Agent: Danielle Burby, Hannigan Salky Getzler.

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        December 1, 2015
        Khan's winning Canadian cops return--and this time, it's really personal. Khan's hero, Detective Esa Khattak, a second-generation Canadian Muslim, and his young partner, Rachel Getty, are back from her debut novel (The Unquiet Dead, 2015) to investigate a terrorist cell planning a series of devastating attacks. The stakes for Khattak become agonizingly personal when an estranged friend is murdered by the cell, his relatively green partner goes undercover as a convert, and his difficult-at-best little sister becomes engaged to the cell's handsome, charismatic leader. Soap opera elements abound, but Khan's sophisticated grasp of the religious, political, and social issues at play grounds the narrative in a thoughtful dissection of the conflicting motives underlying the various players' actions; thoughtful to a fault, occasionally, as the characters tend to pedantically verbalize these complex ideas in lieu of engaging in recognizable human dialogue. Still, rhetoric comes with the territory, and the story functions effectively as a mystery thriller, as Khan deploys an impressive depth of knowledge about the subject matter (the cell's plot is based on a real-life scheme by the so-called "Toronto 18," an extremist group that intended to attack Canadian Parliament in 2006), trusting the reader to keep up with context cues when confronted by unfamiliar ideas and scenarios. The characters are well-drawn and pleasingly varied: Khattak is a compelling protagonist, a cerebral, reserved Muslim comfortable with his faith but not ruled by it, and the buoyant, hockey-loving Getty is an endearing foil. The cell members are afforded fully dimensional personalities and varied passions, ideals, and justifications for their actions; everyone has their reasons, Khan understands, and her nuanced exploration of those reasons elevates her second novel above the general run of detective fiction. A smart, measured, immersive dive into a poorly understood, terrifyingly relevant subculture of violent extremism.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        Starred review from December 1, 2015

        Khan's The Unquiet Dead debuted to rave reviews. This second installment is about the pursuit of a jihadist cell (you can't arrest them until you have proof), the search for a killer, and lastly and most significantly, the infighting, much of it driven by prejudice, among Canada's law enforcement agencies. Essa Khattak heads the Community Policing Section, an odd-duck agency set up to negotiate the confused politics of Canada's Muslim community. But Khattak's job just makes him a target for enemies in Canada's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET--think: Homeland Security). All Muslims are suspect to them. Khattak's partner, Rachel Getty, is an attractive second banana: robust (she plays hockey on the side), devoted to her boss, and a competent, even inspired bloodhound. Khattak and Getty negotiate their way through one minefield after another, with only some of the traps set by the jihadists. Part of the search hinges on Khattak's knowledge of Arabic poetry, but this isn't a puzzle mystery; rather it is a novel of character and mores, and an exceptionally fine one. VERDICT A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/15.]--David Keymer, Modesto, CA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        November 1, 2016

        This follow-up to Khan's acclaimed debut, The Unquiet Dead, reunites readers with detective Esa Khattak, a thoughtful, reserved, practicing Muslim who heads Canada's Community Policing Section. Esa learns that his old friend Mohsin Dar, who has been killed on a camping trip, had been working undercover to investigate a terrorist cell planning an attack on New Year's Day. An involving study on the complexities of living as a Muslim in a Western country. For his next adventure, Esa will travel to Iran in Among the Ruins, which releases in February 2017. (LJ 12/15)

        Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
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        September 15, 2015

        Head of Toronto's Community Policing Section, which addresses minority-sensitive cases, second-generation Canadian Muslim Esa Khattak is tapped by Canada's federal intelligence agency when an agent working undercover within a local terrorist cell is murdered. Khan's debut, The Unquiet Dead, got starred LJ and PW reviews.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        December 1, 2015

        Khan's The Unquiet Dead debuted to rave reviews. This second installment is about the pursuit of a jihadist cell (you can't arrest them until you have proof), the search for a killer, and lastly and most significantly, the infighting, much of it driven by prejudice, among Canada's law enforcement agencies. Essa Khattak heads the Community Policing Section, an odd-duck agency set up to negotiate the confused politics of Canada's Muslim community. But Khattak's job just makes him a target for enemies in Canada's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET--think: Homeland Security). All Muslims are suspect to them. Khattak's partner, Rachel Getty, is an attractive second banana: robust (she plays hockey on the side), devoted to her boss, and a competent, even inspired bloodhound. Khattak and Getty negotiate their way through one minefield after another, with only some of the traps set by the jihadists. Part of the search hinges on Khattak's knowledge of Arabic poetry, but this isn't a puzzle mystery; rather it is a novel of character and mores, and an exceptionally fine one. VERDICT A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/15.]--David Keymer, Modesto, CA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        July 4, 2016
        Ganim has a pleasing baritone voice, but it is used to little effect on this audio. Though a heightened performance is not called for here, Ganim barely distinguishes speakers—male and female, Arabic and Canadian—and adds little drama to characters' thoughts and actions in a variety of dangerous situations. This is partly due to the limitations of the book. Khan's second novel, like her first, features Esa Khattak, the head of Canada's Community Policing Section, and his sidekick, Sgt. Rachel Getty. This time around the two are investigating the murder of Khattak's estranged friend, Mohsin Dar, who, unbeknownst to Khattak, infiltrated a Muslim terrorist cell that was planning a devastating attack. But as he and his personable partner, Sgt. Rachel Getty, sprint to uncover out what's really going on in the cell led by the charismatic Hassan Ashkouri, the stakes suddenly skyrocket with the engagement of Khattak's headstrong sister, Ruksh, to Ashkouri. The book deals with the discrimination and emotional contradictions faced by Arab-Canadians, but the plot is often confusing, the characters leaden, and the tensions muted. Ganim is best when he's simply narrating the story of Khattak's search for a friend's murderer and Sgt. Getty's attempt to infiltrate a terrorist group plotting a Toronto bombing on New Year's Eve. A Minotaur hardcover.

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Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue. For months, INSET has been investigating a local terrorist cell which is planning an attack on New Year's Day. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now, just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods.
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