IN A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS, WHO CAN YOU TRUST?
In the aftermath of a mass shooting in a mosque, small town tensions run high. Clashes between the Muslim community and a local faction of radical white nationalists are escalating, but who would have motive and opportunity to commit such a devastating act of violence?
Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from Canada's Community Policing Unit are assigned to this high-profile case and tasked to ensure the extremely volatile situation doesn't worsen. But when leaked CCTV footage exposes a shocking piece of evidence, both sides of the divide are enraged.
As Khattak and Getty work through a mounting list of suspects, they realise there's far more going on in this small town than anyone first thought...
A Deadly Divide is a piercingly observed, highly topical thriller by former human rights law professor and award-winning author Ausma Zehanat Khan.
'A perceptive and heartfelt series... Khan has used her experience as a lawyer to create a compelling story that pulls no punches, one that exposes an uncomfortable truth about the state of the world we live in' - Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
'Tells truths that non-fiction would struggle to communicate; A Deadly Divide, as with Khan's previous novels, expands the Canadian crime fiction palette because it presents a world where crime-solving is part of deeper and more substantive global issues' - Globe and Mail
'Issues of religion, culture, and racism take center stage in Khan's outstanding fifth novel' - Publishers Weekly
Find out where it all began - catch up on the rest of the Detective Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series: The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, A Death in Sarajevo (a novella), Among the Ruins and No Place of Refuge.
Issues of religion, culture, and racism take center stage in Khan's outstanding fifth novel featuring Insp. Esa Khattak, the Toronto-based head of Canada's Community Policing Section (after 2018's A Dangerous Crossing). Esa and his partner, Sgt. Rachel Getty, travel to the small Quebec town of Saint-Isidore-du-Lac, where eight people have been shot dead in a mosque in an apparent hate crime. The local police, led by racist Insp. Christian Lemaire of the S ret du Quebec, quickly arrest Amadou Duchon, a young Muslim man who was at the scene helping the wounded. The Quebec police also conduct a superficial interview with priest tienne Roy, who was holding the murder weapon, before releasing him. The priest denies having fired it. In the course of their investigation, Esa and Rachel find a town divided by cultural differences, egged on by a right-wing radio host, and panicked by immigrants and the small Muslim community whose religion is compromised by Quebec's controversial Codes of Conduct, which favor Catholics. Khan perceptively explores how fear can quickly erupt into violence.