Maxim Jakubowski's October 2015 Book of the Month.
DCI Jane Tennison is of course endurably associated with Helen Mirren who embodied the tough as nails and endearing character in the successful TV series. La Plante's talent in showing a brand new side to her in this prequel about her early life and halting professional police debut is in making us look at the character anew. Despite, or maybe because of her prolific screen and book CV, I've always found La Plante to be unfairly underrated and have long been a fan of her no nonsense plots and powerful female characters, in particular the splendid Lorraine Page COLD BLOOD series. Here, we get an insight into Tennison's first steps in policing, straight out of Hendon Police College and placed on probationary exercise in Hackney at 22 years old, in the teeming criminal streets of the immediate post-Krays East End. Still naive but determined to prove herself, she is drawn into her first murder investigation of a badly beaten up young girl. The obstacles, both human and professional, are a challenge to her grit and the perfectly engineered storyline sows the seeds of the older, tougher, more bitter Tennison that we know is to come. Both a fascinating retro exercise and a tightly wound, gripping read in its own right. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
From the creator of the award-winning ITV series Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren, comes the fascinating back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison. In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal with shocking situations with no help or sympathy from her superiors. Then comes her involvement in her first murder case.
Publication date: 24/09/2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||24th September 2015|
|Author:||Lynda La Plante|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Lynda La Plante's fourteen novels, including the Prime Suspect series, have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2008 and in 2009 was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Her novels have all been international bestsellers. She runs her own television production company and lives in London and Easthampton, New York. Author photo © Monte FarberMore About Lynda La Plante