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The Dispossessed (Rickman and Foster #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Bled to death and left in a rubbish bin, the teenaged prostitute is just the first victim.

DI Jeff Rickman's investigation into the Afghan refugee's sordid death leads first to the heart of a community who can't - or won't - talk to him. Then the investigation comes home to Rickman's own private life. As the body count starts rising he is framed for a crime he didn't commi...more
Published by New English Library Ltd (first published January 1st 2004)
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Margaret Murphy's crime stories are detailed and chilling. If you don't have tears in your eyes because you've grown to like a character and then lose him/her to death, you're on the edge of your seat, anxious to find out what's going to happen next.

The Dispossessed paints a dark picture of asylum seekers in Britain. At first it looks as if the narrative is going to lead nowhere, but this seems to be Murphy's way of telling it. Bit by bit all the pieces fill in a picture, which she then shuffle...more
Barbara Elsborg
A good thriller with some surprising twists. Plenty of tension. I read it in one sitting - easy to read prose. I did get a little confused with the foreign names but that's just me. I forget a name from one chapter to the next unless it's one I'm used to hearing. I liked Jeff as a character and I'm wondering if there are more with him in it. The premise seemed horribly plausible to me!
A very sad story. Unfortunately you can believe too easily that there are people who would prey on refugees in the way the story depicts. Money talks and refugees are scum. They have no one to look out for them so easily fall prey to predators. The action takes a horrible turn when danger comes too close to the investigating police officers. Food for thought.
Rosa Macpherson
It got a bit tedious after about half way... don't want to talk about spoilers but a spoiler spoiled it for me... it was competently written but got a bit ploddy... a sort of 'need to take you to the conclusion' , but really why bother... the action's prematurely kinda ejaculated way back there and we're just going through the motions now
Shirley Campbell
Have read better crime novels but it was ok interesting info on refugees entering England
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