Esa Khattak, is a detective and the chief of the Community Policing Section responsible for the community of Islam in Canada. He’s commissioned to investigate the death of Christopher Drayton, who, apparently, fell of a cliff. It appears to be that this man changed his identity, he was a war criminal who ordered the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War, therefore, his death could be not an accident.
Along with Rachel Getty, another detective and his partner, Esa must question all the people who knew Drayton, his fiancee: Melanie Blessant (a disgusting woman), Esa’s ex bestfriend: Nathan Clare and the woman in charge of a new museum: Mink Norman, among others, to discover Drayton’s real identity and his death’s cause.
The story surprises us, at the end, with some of the characters.
I wanted to know more about the Bosnian War, so I had to investigate and I found that it was terrible. This novel talks about real facts that happened during the war and it’s based in some real characters. Every chapter begins with a fragment of a book about the war, a guilt declaration, a presidential declaration, some survivors testimonials or UN documents.
This is a very interesting novel. Both, the part of the Bosnian War and the part of the police investigation kept my attention.
I liked that Rachel solved the case and that she pulled Esa out of his daze. Also, I thought in the meaning of justice and in all the disorders that a survivor of any war could have. The injustice, the barbarities that are committed during a war and the human capacity for hurting others really disgust me.
It’s worth reading this novel.