The Language of Secrets

(Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak, Bk. 2). 9 CDs. 10:30 hrs. HighBridge. 2016. ISBN 9781622317417. $34.99. digital download. F
Khan revisits the foiled 2006 "Toronto 18" bombing plot as a touchstone for her characters' current case. After an undercover officer is murdered, Canadian Inspector Esa Khattak is assigned to keep the agent's top-secret terrorist investigation under wraps. Despite his hands-off orders, Esa, a Muslim, doggedly stalks his friend's murderer by embedding partner Rachel Getty at a Toronto mosque to pose as an initiate. Rachel quickly amasses clues and suspects, but her unofficial status means she and Esa are on their own. Khan describes the Jihadist mind-set and Muslim culture in detail, in effect embedding the listener at Rachel's side. She tightens the noose as Detective Getty becomes increasingly imperiled and is eventually snowed in at a Jihadist training camp with no backup. Peter Ganim imbues Esa's voice with gentleness and patience, while the bad guys simmer with malevolence.
VERDICT Fans of cerebral detecting and vicarious danger will be absorbed. ["A heartfelt novel for lovers of crime fiction and anyone interested in the complexities of living as a Muslim in the West today": LJ 12/15 starred review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc.]

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