'A Dangerous Crossing' - a fictional story based on the real life tragedy of the Syrian refugee crisis

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Syrian Refugees Montage

A Dangerous Crossing is described as a thriller, but it’s a thriller with a difference. It’s a social justice thriller. It’s a story of two Canadian detectives who are investigating the disappearance of a missing woman who was working to fast track Syrian refugees to Canada. It’s fiction, but based on a tragic reality.

A Dangerous Crossing offers a thought-provoking perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis—as told in the form of a novel about Canadians investigating an NGO worker’s disappearance near the Turkish-Syrian border.

Usma Zehanat Khan is the book’s author. She brings a unique set of qualifications to her career as a writer. With a PhD in International Human Rights Law, Khan practiced immigration law and taught human rights law for years before becoming an author.  She also practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University. She was the editor in chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first publication geared toward Muslim girls and women. A long-time community activist and writer, she currently lives in Colorado.

A Dangerous Crossing is her fifth mystery focussing on themes of social justice, conflict and human rights. A Dangerous Crossing is part of her Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, written in the tradition of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache. 

Previous books in the Inspectors Khattak and Getty series are: Among the Ruins (2015); The Language of Secrets (2016); and A Death in Sarajevo (2017). A Dangerous Crossing is her first novel which focusses on the Syrian war.  Khan has also published a fantasy novels The Bloodprint (2017)

In this podcast, she talks to rabble podcast executive producer Victoria Fenner about the challenges of basing a fictional novel on real life tragedy. 

Image: Syrian refugees around the world. Wikipedia

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