Among The Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan
About The Book
The murder of renowned political filmmaker, Zahra Sobhani, brings Esa Khattak’s cultural holiday in Iran to a sudden halt.
Dissidents are being silenced and Khattak’s mere presence in Iran is a risk. Yet when asked to unofficially investigate the activist’s death, he cannot resist. Soon, he finds himself embroiled in Iran’s tumultuous politics and under surveillance by the government.
When the trail leads back to Zahra’s family in Canada, Khattak calls upon his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. As Khattak gets caught up in the fate of Iran’s political prisoners, Rachel sees through to the heart of the matter: Zahra’s murder may not have been quite what it seemed.
First of all, if you haven’t read any of the previous books by Ausma Zehanat Khan, you are missing an amazing writer, every book is special and told beautifully, even for a crime book! All her books have a political background, in this case based in Iran, they are always controversial cases which our main detective has to resolve. Even if this is the third book of this series, you can read it as standalone, any character’s background is fully explained, but really the books are so good that you should start from the beginning!
I think this is the most complex case I’ve read in this series, because you don’t really know what is happening, not because the narrator is omitting something, but because our characters don’t know neither the truth. And that’s what keeps you reading the story, like a precious candy, where you have to look for the wrapping if you want to enjoy the sweet taste of it!
Page by page, the story gets more interesting and dangerous, because Esa is risking his life to discover what happened to Zahra’s. The most important question in the book is; would you sacrifice your life to save your loved ones?
About The Author
AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law with a specialisation in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She has practised immigration law and taught human rights law at Northwestern University and York University. Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. She is a long-time community activist and writer. A British-born Canadian, Ausma currently lives in Colorado with her husband. Among the Ruins is the third Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty mystery followingThe Language of Secrets and The Unquiet Dead. It will be followed by No Place of Refuge.