The Language of Secrets

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The Language of Secrets is the second installment in Ausma Zehanat Khan's mystery series featuring detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty of the Toronto-based Community Policing Section. 

When a police informant is found shot to death at a remote camp being used for training by a suspected terrorist cell, Khattak is brought in investigate the murder without tipping anyone off to the dead man's true identity.  Yet when his investigation is hampered at every turn, Khattak becomes frustrated and even more determined to get justice.  His partner Rachel faces challenges of a different sort as she goes undercover at the mosque where the cell members worship, posing as a new convert eager to learn about Islam.  But as she gets to know the various players, she uncovers an array of additional complications in the case.

Threaded with nuance and suspense, The Language of Secrets delivers compelling characters and a thrilling mystery.  From clues within verses of poetry to a tangled web of motives, this sequel to The Unquiet Dead does not disappoint. 

"Gazing up at the undiminished hinterland, Rachel understood the lesson better than she had as a child.  She recollected Ashkouri's fixation with poetry, and she thought, the park was a genuine, truthful poem.  You could measure yourself against its beauty.  And you would know what kind of person you were from the imprint you left behind.  As she stepped from the car to feel the satisfying crunch of the snow beneath her boots, the air held an unforeseen sweetness, soft and kind against her cheeks."

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of several mystery novels, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, A Death in Sarajevo, and A Dangerous Crossing.  She holds a PhD in international human rights law and has practiced in Toronto and taught at Northwestern University.  She currently lives in Colorado.

Published:  2016
Length:  329 pages
Set in: 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada