Danuta Reah (also publishing as Carla Banks) is the author of six previous crime books. She is an active member of the Crime Writers Association. She writes for "English and Media" and lives in Sheffield.
Not Safe Another great crime story From Danuta Reah, this time our hero is a detective, breaking the rules to investigate the death of an asylum seeker and save another from being convicted of the crime. Although not a full length novel but enough to keep the readers in suspense. Already looking forward to my next read from Danuta.
Amir Hamade is homeless, and heading on a bitterly cold night to find shelter at St Barnabas Church, when he encounters a young frightened Somali girl. Unable to elicit any information from her, Amir feels that he cannot leave her - she is not dressed for the biting cold and in compassion he wraps his own coat around her and encourages her to go with him. Although Amir knows that St Barnabas is a male only shelter he is at a loss as to what else he can do, hoping that one of the helpers, Andre Motombo will be able to suggest somewhere for the girl to find shelter. But as they approach St Barnabas the girl becomes even more frightened and runs back the way that they have come.
DC Tina Barraclough of the South Yorkshire police has for the last six months been on secondment from the elite Serious Crimes Unit to work on a project dealing with asylum seekers. Tina is also on a last chance and cannot afford to mess up. When she receives a message that Amir Hamade is in custody accused of murder and wants to see her, she knows that she must step carefully, as clearly Amir is seeking help - can she give it to him without jeopardising her own position.
Not Safe is a dark and harrowing murder mystery that graphically illustrates the plight of the homeless and asylum seekers. The latter terrified of the detention centres which are rife with abuse. Once achieving asylum seeker status while waiting for their case to be they heard have a right to accommodation and a small amount of money, but exist in limbo unable to work.
A thought provoking powerful story. Highly recommended. ----- Lizzie Hayes
I like Danuta Reah's novels, not least because they are set in Sheffield, where I am from. Not many books are set here!
This is a novella, only 82 pages in length, and it covers the murder of an asylum seeker. DC Tina Barraclough sets out to discover the culprit and, as she is currently working with asylum seekers, she feels that she has a greater understanding of the situation.
Although very short, I felt the story was well-rounded and fully fleshed out. It obviously didn't have masses of detail in it, but enough to ensure that it wasn't simply a short story.
One of the Crime Express series from Five Leaves Press. At first it looks daunting as there are no chapters and only a small line space to denote a change in story where a chapter break would be, but soon you get into the story and it doesn't matter. Set in Sheffield/South Yorkshire it's about asylum seekers and their help network who become embroiled in the murder of a Somali woman, also an asylum seeker, who it turns out has been illegally brought into the country for the purposes of prostitution. But who has the motive to kill her and why?