It can be hard to stand out in the crowded field of mystery series, but Ausma Zehanat Khan has managed to do just that with skillful plotting and a truly intriguing detective. His name is Esa Khattak, and he’s a Muslim man charged with heading up a community police unit that deals with cases that are “minority sensitive.” His deeply held beliefs about both policing and his own faith sometimes come into conflict. In The Language of Secrets, the second book in the series, he finds himself investigating a murder that took place in a terrorist training camp in Algonquin Park, Ontario.
Ausma Zehanat Khan grew up in Toronto and now lives in Denver, Colorado. She’s a former law professor and former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine. She spoke to The Next Chapter host Shelagh Rogers from Denver.