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A Dangerous Crossing

A Novel
Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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From the critically acclaimed author of The Unquiet Dead comes a devastatingly powerful new thriller audiobook that will stay with listeners long after the final track. A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan is haunting, disturbing, and thoroughly captivating.

For Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty, the Syrian refugee crisis is about to become personal. Esa's childhood friend, Nathan Clare, calls him in distress: his sister, Audrey, has vanished from a Greek island where the siblings run an NGO. Audrey had been working to fast-track refugees to Canada, but now, she is implicated in the double-murder of a French Interpol agent and a young man who had fled the devastation in Syria.

Esa and Rachel arrive in Greece to a shocking scene, witnessing for themselves the massive fallout of the Syrian war in the wretched refugee camps. Tracing Audrey's last movements, they meet some of the volunteers and refugees - one of whom, Ali, is involved in a search of his own, for a girl whose disappearance may be connected to their investigation. The arrival of Sehr Ghilzai - a former prosecutor who now handles refugee claims for Audrey's NGO - further complicates the matter for Esa, as his feelings towards her remain unresolved.

Working against time, with Interpol at their heels, Esa and Rachel follow a trail that takes them from the beaches of Greece, to the Turkish - Syrian border, and across Europe, reaching even the corridors of power in the Netherlands. Had Audrey been on the edge of a dangerous discovery, hidden at the heart of this darkest of crises - one which ultimately put a target on her own back?

©2018 Ausma Zehanat Khan (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Engaging from the first chapter, Khan's novel provides a startling introduction to the Syrian refugee crisis, with characters, dialogue, and tragedies that come alive in audio. Using nuanced intonations and a slow and steady style of narration, narrator Peter Ganim's presentation is impeccable." (AudioFile Magazine)

Editorial Review

I like a good pulp novel or lurid headline as much as the next person—OK, more. All the more reason why I’m making a point to focus my attention on works that have an ethical purpose along with the requisite memorable characters and gripping plot. Ausma Zehanat Khan has made fighting injustice a central tenet of her dual careers as a human rights lawyer and author. Her 2018 thriller A Dangerous Crossing stars a Muslim detective on an international hunt for the truth behind an NGO case worker’s disappearance, shedding light on some of our most perplexing real world problems in the process. —Kat J., Audible Editor

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  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 02-24-19

Excellent mystery about Syrian humanitarian crisis

In Khan's series I rate this book a close second to the intitial volume, which I loved without reserve. Like that one, this story makes good use of Khan's expertise in international human rights law. It is peopled by interesting characters and emotionaly moving action. I like the increasingly large roles given to Rachel. What makes me give the story only four stars is Khattak's love story, which is developed at far greater length than necessary and disrupts the main action.

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Mystery series with a human rights focus

This is a great series featuring detectives from Canada. The cases all have a human rights focus and are set within real life global conflicts. This one deals with the crisis caused by the war in Syria.

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