In her first book, The Unquiet Dead, Ausma Zehant Khan introduced us to Inspector Esa Khattak and his partner Rachel Getty of the RCMP in Ontario. Their unit—Community Policing Section—is charged with bridging gaps between the Muslim community and the police. The Language of Secrets takes up where the first novel left off: Khattak finds himself, as a devout Muslim, caught between his job and his faith community and undergoing an internal review based on his handling of a previous case. Khan's touch is getting even better in this novel as she weaves her way through the politically and religiously fraught landscape of our time. Khattak and Getty are great characters, full of interesting and believable foibles as well as strengths. If you are a fan of the character-driven police procedurals of Elizabeth George or Deborah Crombie or of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache, you will like these new characters and this interesting new perspective. Recommended by Sarah.
Detective Esa Khattak heads up Canada's Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases across all levels of law enforcement. Khattak is still under scrutiny for his last case, so he's surprised when INSET, Canada's national security team, calls him in on another politically sensitive issue.