The New Crusades
Canadian Murder Mystery
This novel is dedicated to all children and civilians who have been killed
in all wars throughout this planet's history by militants and terrorists,
in any religion or race, by people who have no conscience
and no merciful God.
Synopsis By Alexander Kucharski
A Muslim family is picnicking at Ball's Falls, a Conservation Area on the outskirts of a little town, Jordan, Ontario, Canada. It's no ordinary picnic. Aamir is about to kill his sister, Hazirah, in an honour killing. She's been dating a white Canadian boyfriend. Waldemar [Wally] Guenter, a scenery photographer, stumbles upon the bloody body hidden behind some brush.
Jake Klassen is the senior detective from the Niagara Region assigned to the murder. Meanwhile, Edmund Spencer, a younger detective from Hamilton, is busy investigating another murder which he doesn't know is related to the apparent honor killing at Ball's Falls.. The two detectives combine forces but there is very little evidence to go on. They have a fingerprint but no match! A silver necklace, which says, "From Alexander," but no boyfriend! They not only have to rely on their detective skills but also on lots of coffee, doughnuts and Lady Luck.
Detective Spencer and Klassen get so close to arresting Aamir, only to have him escape from Canada to join ISIS. Unknown to the detectives, the killer is later sent back to Canada with a false passport on a secret mission of sabotage.
The novel evolves in the form of a diary and a blog, and includes actual news events, especially during that difficult month of October 2014, when Kobane was under siege. Patrice Vincent is killed by an Islamic terrorist in Quebec, and finally Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is shot dead at Canada's War Memorial in Ottawa. It was a fitting irony when Corporal Cirillo's killer is himself killed in a shoot-out in the "Hall of Honour" inside the Nation's Parliament Building!
The book embraces the time period between the Arab Spring of 2011 and that terrible month of October 2014 when Mosul and parts of Kobane fall into the bloody control of ISIS.
Wally binds the whole story together, as his feelings about Islam and his own Christianity are explored. He becomes cynical about all religions, even his own, and yet, finds some internal need for them.
All this while Wally finds out he has pancreatic cancer.