A DANGEROUS CROSSING - THE STORY
From Ausma Zehanat Khan, critically acclaimed author of The Unquiet Dead, comes the devastatingly powerful new thriller A Dangerous Crossing.
For Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty, the Syrian refugee crisis is about to become personal. Esa’s childhood friend, Nathan Clare, calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO. Audrey had been working to fast-track refugees to Canada, but now, she is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the devastation in Syria.
Esa and Rachel arrive in Greece to a shocking scene, witnessing for themselves the massive fallout of the Syrian war in the wretched refugee camps. Tracing Audrey’s last movements, they meet some of the volunteers and refugees―one of whom, Ali, is involved in a search of his own, for a girl whose disappearance may be connected to their investigation. The arrival of Sehr Ghilzai―a former prosecutor who now handles refugee claims for Audrey’s NGO―further complicates the matter for Esa, as his feelings towards her remain unresolved.
Working against time, with Interpol at their heels, Esa and Rachel follow a trail that takes them from the beaches of Greece, to the Turkish–Syrian border, and across Europe, reaching even the corridors of power in the Netherlands. Had Audrey been on the edge of a dangerous discovery, hidden at the heart of this darkest of crises―one which ultimately put a target on her own back?
PRAISE FOR A DANGEROUS CROSSING
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - STARRED REVIEW & BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW
Contemporary political events drive Khan’s excellent fourth novel featuring Insp. Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty ... Khan demonstrates a superior ability to inject moving portrayals of the individual faces of an ongoing humanitarian crisis into a suspenseful story line. - Publishers Weekly
TOP PICK - RT BOOK REVIEWS
The fourth in Khan’s Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series is an exciting read that will intrigue readers. She skillfully weaves together a well-crafted, intricate plot that is interesting and will keep readers hooked. With gripping situations, vivid characters and intense conflicts, Khan creates a thrilling mystery. Esa is a captivating, shrewd hero whom readers will be drawn to because of his instinctive, charismatic nature. Khan’s latest is a thought-provoking mystery that readers will not be able to put down.
Khan’s doctorate and research in international human [rights] law give credence to her portrayal of a timely situation. The search for Audrey also is a search for meaning and justice in a world of hatred, betrayal, and despair where the characters are nearly as complex as the global relations. This is a series well worth investigating. - Library Journal
"Khan’s community policing series has walked a careful tightrope between entertainment and social responsibility, each volume addressing a societal ill with a high-octane investigation. Her fourth in the series is no exception. Set on a Greek isle and with a plot involving the Syrian refugee crisis (perhaps I should call it the European closed borders crisis), Khan’s latest leads us on a suspenseful hunt for a missing woman and through a perilous and uncertain landscape." - LitHub
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
Khan's characters are principled and compassionate, driven to serve the lost, the broken, the betrayed, and her plots explore current global issues with keen insight....a highly personal and heartbreakingly profound view of the Syrian refugee crisis... -Journal Sentinel
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE
This series, remarkable for its intelligent and sensitive use of stories that could be ripped from the headlines if we were paying attention, turns human rights issues into compelling fiction....Khan is not one to provide simple answers, but she does a wonderful job of finding humanity in world events and bringing it to life on the page. - Reviewing the Evidence
DON'T NEED A DIAGRAM
A Dangerous Crossing is driven by mystery, but it’s also poignant and complex. As her team bounces from country to country, digging into documents and confronting power, Khan does not shy from intricate global politics. A Dangerous Crossing is another gripping Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty mystery brewed from the depths of mankind’s capacity for brutal inhumanity to others. - Don't Need A Diagram
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