The Language of Secrets

The Language of Secrets

Book - 2016
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The Unquiet Dead author Ausma Zehanat Khan once again dazzles in The Language of Secrets , a brilliant mystery woven into a profound and intimate story of humanity.

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. INSET had an informant, Mohsin Dar, undercover inside the cell. But now,just weeks before the attack, Mohsin has been murdered at the group's training camp deep in the woods.

INSET wants Khattak to give the appearance of investigating Mohsin's death, and then to bury the lead. They can't risk exposing their operation, or Mohsin's role in it. But Khattak used to know Mohsin, and he knows he can't just let this murder slide. So Khattak 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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2016
ISBN: 9781250055125
1250055121
Branch Call Number: FIC Khan
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 24 cm

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Estha
Jun 05, 2018

Nice to see Canadian places and institutions featured in a novel. This is set in Toronto and features a Muslim cop investigating a murder in the midst of a terrorist plot. The story explores the radicalization of immigrants and local teenagers, as well as distrust of those outside the mainstream, in this case a Somali youth, a poor white girl and the Muslim policeman. The backstory referred to in the early chapters was distracting as I hadn't read the first book. The forthright policewoman, Rachel, is the most appealing character and carries the story forward. A little didactic, but a pleasure to read something set in and reflecting a different cultural community.

JessicaGma Apr 05, 2018

Things I liked: the Toronto setting, the main characters
Things that were less interesting: some plot point and some secondary characters.

The pacing was off in this one. It's an alright read but not the breakneck pacing one hope for at times.

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sandfordross
Feb 27, 2018

I think that if you like Louise Penny, you will like this book. For me, it seriously drags along and would benefit by a serious edit.

The story line is interesting and it is a glimpse into a lifestyle that I am not familiar with but the characters didn't resonate with me at all. They all seem to be very cliche and stereotyped. Still, it is far better than anything I could do so kudos to the author.

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