Review by Booklist Review
*Starred Review* When Canadian refugee-relief activist Audrey Clare disappears from a camp in Greece, her influential brother, Nathan, reels in favors to ensure that the Canadian investigation is led by their close friends, detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. It's a messy case: the bodies of a Syrian boy and a French Interpol detective were found in Audrey's tent, and the Greek police have branded Audrey as a fugitive. Finding Audrey requires navigating a tangle of viable leads with little help from the camp's traumatized inhabitants or from the Greek police. There is no shortage of threats to investigate: Greek nationalist groups are targeting the camp with increasing violence; the area is teeming with predatory traffickers and organized-crime syndicates; and Audrey's recent secretive trips to Brussels and Turkey add further questions. Ali, Audrey's translator, may hold the missing pieces to the puzzle, but he doesn't know whom to trust. Esa and Rachel's personal connections to the Clares lends this entry emotional weight, especially as romantic subplots push the tight-knit circle into unresolved territory. This fourth in the series is a complex global thriller lifted to bar-raising heights by Khan's (Among the Ruins, 2017) thoughtful (and timely) exploration of the tragedies and dangers that refugees face.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Library Journal Review
In their fourth outing (after Among the Ruins), Insp. Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty of Canadian Community Policing (ethnic relations), with the prime minister's blessing, are heading to Greece. Esa's best friend Nathan Clare has asked for their help in finding his sister Audrey, who disappeared from a refugee camp where she headed an NGO, working to help refugees immigrate to Canada. A French Interpol agent and a Syrian youth are found murdered in Audrey's tent, by her gun. Interpol and the Greek police now are also seeking her as a suspect. Khattak is a practicing Muslim, greatly disturbed by the refugee crisis and the growing realization that there is a tangled web of criminal activity surrounding the human traffic. Verdict Khan's doctorate and research in international human relations 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.-Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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