An illegal Jordanian immigrant is found strangled in a meat locker with a page from the priceless "Golden Koran" is found on his person.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Maggy Sherif ...
Narima Ansari
Ahmed Ansari
Christine Miller
Alison Lintott ...
Caroline Moran
Martin Moran
Mike Brennan
Professor Elias Blackwell
Michael Sweet
Dmitri Zavos
Fiona Deakin-Jones
Keith Bartlett ...
DCI Harris


When the police discover the body of a man frozen in a meat truck, they think they have a case of people smuggling. The man had a false British passport in his possession and his death had similarities to a previous smuggling operation gone wrong. However the autopsy reveals that he was actually strangled. They also find a page from a Koran that proves to be extremely valuable. The Immigration authorities show little interest in Lynley and Havers' murder investigation. Lynley is under a great deal of stress, particularly with respect to his failed marriage and he is accused of stepping over the line with the result that he faces a disciplinary hearing over his conduct. Written by garykmcd

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7 April 2005 (UK)  »

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: How should I best come across?
Professor Elias Blackwell: Uh, I don't know, uh... be offhand... arrogant, ah... treat everyone like they're a slave.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: That's all right. I can do that.
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Followed by The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Chinese Walls (2006) See more »

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Word of God? I don't think so!
18 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story has a lot of reasons for people being killed.

A man is found dead in a refrigerated truck that has meat in it. He was strangled.

This episode contain many reasons for murder. There is transporting illegal immigrants from Jordan into the country. Some have died in transportation so there is a investigation on that. Then there are fake IDs.

A expensive Koran that has pages ripped out and sold for a lot of money. Then there is a doctor who operates on people that need transplants that over charges, then there is a man that sells his organs for money.

One of the men who is a Muslim has access to the Koran worth a lot of money but claims he did not know what it was.

It appears the Muslims in this episode did not read the Koran or they would have known the pages were from this book. The man that was in the meat truck was a Muslim and when he died according the story they believed in Sharia Law and the dead man's brother becomes his wife's husband. Yuk.

The story is interesting like in other episodes too many plots too many suspects. Running and chasing after suspects, fights and no gun. Too stupid. They have cell phones but no guns.

Lynley is suffering a lot of grief, the loss of his first child and separation from his wife. It affect his job and the way he reacts under stress.

Too me the Koran is not the Word of God it is the wrong title for this episode.

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