A Dangerous Crossing

Ausma Zehanat Khan. Minotaur, $25.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-09676-0
Contemporary political events drive Khan’s excellent fourth novel featuring Insp. Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty (after 2017’s Among the Ruins). The Canadian prime minister asks the pair to help Nate Clare, an ally of his and an old friend of Esa’s, find his missing sister, Audrey. Audrey, who works for an NGO that facilitates the Canadian government’s efforts to resettle Syrian refugees, has gone missing in Greece. She vanished from the island of Lesvos on the same day that the bodies of a French Interpol agent and a Syrian whose case she was supervising were found at the NGO’s offices there. The PM is worried that his government could topple if the resettlement program doesn’t go smoothly. While the Greek authorities view Audrey as a person of interest in the murders, Esa and Rachel support Nate’s belief that she was abducted. Their search for her takes them to Greece and beyond. Khan demonstrates a superior ability to inject moving portrayals of the individual faces of an ongoing humanitarian crisis into a suspenseful story line. Agent: Danielle Burby, Hannigan Salky Getzler. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/18/2017
Release date: 02/13/2018
Genre: Fiction
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