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The Unquiet Dead

(2015)
(The first book in the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel
Macavity Awards Best First Book (nominee)
Featured on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

'Outstanding'New York Times 'Gripping'Associated Press 'Powerful'Publishers Weekly

One man is dead.

But thousands were his victims.

Can a single murder avenge that of many?

Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto: the body of Christopher Drayton is found at the foot of the cliffs. Muslim Detective Esa Khattak, head of the Community Policing Unit, and his partner Rachel Getty are called in to investigate. As the secrets of Drayton’s role in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide of Bosnian Muslims surface, the harrowing significance of his death makes it difficult to remain objective. In a community haunted by the atrocities of war, anyone could be a suspect. And when the victim is a man with so many deaths to his name, could it be that justice has at long last been served?

In this important debut novel, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a compelling and provocative mystery exploring the complexities of identity, loss, and redemption.

Winner of the Barry Award, Arthur Ellis Award, and Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel

'A powerful and haunting story' - Guardian

'Zehanat Khan is to be applauded for tackling such an important subject in a police procedural' - Daily Express

'A debut to remember and one that even those who eschew the genre will devour in one breathtaking sitting' - LA Times

'Compelling and challenging, this is a beautifully written and powerful story of inhumanity and justice' - Leigh Russell, bestselling author of the DI Geraldine Steel series

'A tale of rich complexity... intricately woven, delicately revealed' - Luke McCallin, author of The Ashes of Berlin

Don't miss the rest of the Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series: The Language of Secrets, A Death in Sarajevo (a novella), Among the Ruins and No Place of Refuge.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"It would be enough that Ausma Zehanat Khan's 'The Unquiet Dead' gives us an intriguing new detective team in Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty. But it does far more than that. Khan creates an engrossing story that allows her to sift through the emotional rubble of real-world tragedy. In the end, it isn't just gripping. It's devastating." - Steve Hockensmith

"What a debut! Ausma Khan's 'The Unquiet Dead' is a stirring mystery with unexpected, complex characters and a story that will keep you flipping pages until the wee hours." - Jilliane Hoffman

"A tale of rich complexity... intricately woven, delicately revealed." - Luke McCallin

"Compelling and challenging, this is a beautifully written and powerful story of inhumanity and justice." - Leigh Russell

"Evocative, surprising, and important. With its mesmerizingly personal voice, each lyrical sentence reveals another suspenseful layer of this complex and heartbreaking mystery. Harrowing and disturbing, its delicate strength creates tension on every page." - Hank Phillippi Ryan


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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Unquiet Dead
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-4104-7872-6 / 978-1-4104-7872-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-250-05511-3 / 978-1-250-05511-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unquiet Dead (Book 1): Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mysteries
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-84344-944-7 / 978-1-84344-944-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: No Exit Press
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December 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels, 1)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-250-05518-0 / 978-1-250-05518-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Audio Editions

March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (The Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Series)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan, Ausma Zehanat Kahn
ISBN: 1-66515-574-4 / 978-1-66515-574-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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March 2021 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (The Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Series): 1
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan, Ausma Zehanat Kahn
ISBN: 1-66515-573-6 / 978-1-66515-573-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio and Blackstone Publishing
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November 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: 1
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-4894-1650-1 / 978-1-4894-1650-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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November 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: 1 (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-4894-1649-8 / 978-1-4894-1649-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak, Book 1
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak, Book 1
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak, Book 1
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
ISBN: 1-62231-604-5 / 978-1-62231-604-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Unquiet Dead Lib/E (Rachel Getty and ESA Khattak Series Lib/E)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan, Ausma Zehanat Kahn
ISBN: 1-66515-572-8 / 978-1-66515-572-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Unquiet Dead (Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: No Exit Press
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January 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels Book 1)
Author(s): Ausma Zehanat Khan
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA