A Novel

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"A young undocumented immigrant in Sydney, Australia is forced to choose between reporting the murder of a female client--and risking deportation--or staying silent."--
Dhananjaya "Danny" Rajaratnam is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, Australia, denied refugee status after he fled from Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he's been trying to create a new identity for himself. Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. The deed was done with a knife, at a creek he'd been to with her before; and a jacket was left at the scene, which he believes belongs to a doctor with whom Danny knows the woman was having an affair. Should he come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported? Or say nothing, and let justice go undone? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, [2020]
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2020
ISBN: 9781982127244
Branch Call Number: FIC ADIG
Characteristics: 256 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 21, 2020

NPR best mysteries 2020 list

May 09, 2020

Had my doubts but...The main character is a Sri Lankan cleaner in Sydney, Australia whose client is murdered. He is an illegal immigrant so holds back information for fear of deportation. The author sprinkles humor and the juxtaposition of life comparing the Civil Wars of the current time to the civil wars within.
"Does is work like this? You're not wanted to begin with in your own home. Then illegal immigrants come to your country, take what little you have, and force you to go to Australia and become an illegal there." The story follows like a bumpy road but the reader gets there in the end.

Feb 23, 2020

In thinking about this book after reading it, I begin to appreciate the disjointedness of the story. Danny, an illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka, has been in Australia for four years. His life was disjointed as he was continually fearful of being deported. He’s a house cleaner and his life is further complicated by his belief he knows who killed one of his clients. He’s an honest person and knows he must report his information to the police. In doing so he stands a chance of being deported. At times, the disjointedness was confusing and even with the story clearly labeled with the time of day things were happening, it still felt longer than 12 hours. What is most clear from reading this book is that illegal immigrants contribute to the economy of the country, but their illegal status makes them prey for being cheated out of what they have earned.


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