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A Dangerous Crossing

A Dangerous Crossing

A Novel

Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels (Volume 4)

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Minotaur Books




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?



Ottawa, Canada

Rachel Getty had never expected to find herself at a state dinner at Rideau Hall, the governor general’s residence. Even though she was at the tail end of the dinner, mingling with other guests, she found...


Praise for A Dangerous Crossing

Praise for A Dangerous Crossing:

"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 (Starred Review)

Praise for the Khattak and Getty series:

“An outstanding debut.” New York Times

“Impressive . . . A many-faceted gem.” The Washington Post

“With its thought-provoking, intelligent plot, The Language of Secrets even surpasses Khan’s superb debut, The Unquiet Dead.Associated Press

“Beautiful and powerful.” Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“An involving mystery in a vividly portrayed setting . . . In Khan’s hands, mysteries carry powerful messages.” Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Ausma Zehanat Khan

AUSMA ZEHANAT KHAN holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law and is a former adjunct law professor. She was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan

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February 15 - March 1, 2018

Meet Ausma Zehanat Khan as she reads from her new novel A Dangerous Crossing, from the Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels.




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