The Hunt for Read October Blitz – A Review of “The Language of Secrets” by Ausma Zehanat Khan #ReadOctober #HuntForReadOctober @noexitpress @AusmaZehanat

I was delighted to be asked to take part in The Hunt for Read October. No Exit Press are celebrating 30 years as an Independent Publisher of crime fiction by releasing 6 ebooks in 6 days at promotional prices! Today is the turn of the brilliant “The Language of Secrets” by Ausma Zehanat Khan.

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About the book:

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 but their undercover informant, Mohsin Dar, has been murdered. Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he can’t let this murder slide, so he 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.

The Unquiet Dead author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles with a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.

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My thoughts:

*Thank you to Katherine Sutherland and the team at No Exit for my copy in exchange for an honest review*

At the beginning of the book, Detective Esa Kattak, who is the head of Canada’s Community Policing team, is called to the office of Superintendent Martine Kiliam. She is with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and wishes to uses him as a consultant on a special case. He is informed of the death of a friend he hasn’t heard from in many years. His role is to find his friend’s murderer whilst not upsetting an ongoing investigation into terrorism activities – his friend had been an undercover agent. Khattak’s partner, Rachel Getty, is to go undercover in the Mosque his friend attended. We are then introduced to the people he is to report to – Inspector Ciprian Coale and Khattak’s former partner, Laine Stoicheva. There is bad blood between the three of them.

Whilst this is the second book in a series, I haven’t as yet read the first, and it does work well as a standalone.

There was a lot of set up in this particular novel. Kattak doesn’t start investigating until Chapter 7, and Rachel doesn’t even start going undercover until Chapter 9, even though the body is found immediately in Chapter 1. Having said that, I did feel the story was worth the wait. I got to understand the characters better.

Khattak is an interesting character. He is more interested in seeing justice done than being possibly well liked and respected. His previous case has ended up with him currently being investigated, and I understand it’s the reason for the bad blood between Stoicheva.

Overall, I really enjoyed the novel and gave it 4*.

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About the author:

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of The Unquiet Dead which won the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel.

A frequent lecturer and commentator, Ms. Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. Ms. Khan completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English Literature & Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. The magazine was the subject of two documentaries, and hundreds of national and international profiles and interviews, including CNN International, Current TV, and Al Jazeera “Everywoman”.

Ausma Zehanat Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University. She is a long-time community activist and writer, and currently lives in Colorado with her husband.

Buy the book:

Amazon  No Exit Press

And don’t forget to check out the other books taking part in #ReadOctober!

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