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The Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin

Posted on: December 28, 2012


Fleshmarket Close (Inspector Rebus, #15)Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The murder of a non-british leads Rebus and his partner Siobhan to the murky tangle of refugees and their exploitation and the xenophobia.

The parents of a rape victim who had committed suicide, in a case that Siobhan had dealt with a few years back come pleading to her to find out the whereabouts of their second daughter.

The incidents continue as skeletons are found in the cellar of a pub, and the rapist of the other daughter who has come out is found murdered.

They are joined by an Immigration Officer who is in charge of investigating the illegal immigrants. They visit the prison which has now been converted to a detention center for illegal immigrants and Rebus is reminded of his own grandfather’s immigration from Poland. He sees the wife and children of the first victim in the book and is touched by their plight. He brings the kids toys.

Rebus and Siobhan are able to solve the cases but are left wondering on what would be a good way to tackle immigration.

The book provides multiple perspectives on illegal immigration which is becoming a big issue in today’s time throughout the world and there are still no easy solutions to the problem.

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