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THE UNQUIET DEAD

Image of The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels)
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This debut novel is a rich and stunning mystery that weaves police procedural with the complicated ethics of war crimes. Those seeking a neat and tidy ending with clear definitions of right and wrong may be disappointed, because the author has created rich characters with intricate layers who will leave readers wanting a fairy-tale ending for a story so real they’ll wish they could mete justice of their own. The crisp writing will leave you unable to put this book down, even for a second.

Esa Khattak receives a call during his evening prayers asking him to investigate an apparent accidental death that shouldn’t relate to his department, which specializes in minority-related crime. But the request to add his partner to the investigation — to balance his potential bias — does nothing to change the evidence: Christopher Drayton may not have been Christopher Drayton at all, but a war criminal. And a lot of people likely wanted him dead. (MINOTAUR, Jan., 336 pp., $25.99)

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Cyndy Aleo