Ticket to Ride by Janet Neel

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On the beach, west of Kings Lynn, a dog discovers eight bodies---all young and male, with their identifying papers removed; all suffocated to death and hastily dragged through the mud to their temporary graves.

Jules Carlisle, the youngest and most recently qualified member of Paul Jenkins Solicitors, knows very little about illegal immigration and would like to keep it that way. But when she takes on the case of Mirko Dragunoviç, she finds herself intrigued by his plight and concerned for his welfare.

Mirko entered England from the former Yugoslavia three years ago legally, but overstayed his work visa. He believes his brother is one of the eight men, but identifying the body would mean imprisonment and deportation to Serbia. Although Mirko has knowledge of the human traffic operation that was bringing his brother to the United Kingdom, he's reluctant to talk, leaving Jules torn between protecting him and following correct procedure.

But it seems the case is even more complicated than she first suspects. It isn't long before Jules finds herself drawn inexorably into great danger, and back into the territory of the abused childhood she thought she had escaped forever....

About Janet Neel

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Janet Neel is the nom de plume of Baroness (Janet) Cohen of Pimlico, who sits as a Labour peer in the House of Lords. She started out as a solicitor, then went into the Board of Trade, then to Charterhouse Bank. She now works at several places at once, including the London Stock Exchange and the Ministry of Defence, in addition to writing crime fiction. Her first novel, Death's Bright Angel, won the John Creasey Prize, and Death of a Partner and Death Among the Dons were both shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger.
Published November 29, 2005 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Mirko Dragunovic walks into the office of Jules Carlisle, the only lawyer working in her firm on Maundy Thursday, she thinks her biggest problem will be brushing up on immigration law.

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Jules Carlisle, a freshly minted London solicitor with a troubled past, finds herself out of her depth when she becomes involved in a case involving illegal immigrants in this well-crafted mystery from British author Neel (O Gentle Death ).

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