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One of our Books of the Year 2016.
Prime Suspect lovers are in for a treat for this once again gives us a large slice in the development of Jane Tennison. In the eponymous book published last year we followed Jane as a probationer with the Met in Hackney in the 70s. Now in this (which is actually Tennison 2) we see her promoted and moved to Bow Street which is the result of commendation for bravery when used as a decoy in a rather nasty rape case. She now has CID status but is still fighting the bigoted, chauvinistic world of a force dominated by men. Her next major case involves a bath drowning which seems on the surface to be a tragic accident but she thinks otherwise. Through these two seemingly unexpected cases and a couple of other incidents she is led to spot evidence ignored by her superiors and does begin to wonder about their agenda. I suspect we will have another slice of Jane’s development as we travel slowly to 1991 and Prime Suspect. This Tennison series would make great TV. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
November 2016 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.
Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante
Jane Tennison, a young, inexperienced WPC, learns the hard way never to take anyone, or anything, at face value, whether in her dealings with her police colleagues or when confronted by seemingly innocent suspects. Hidden Killers sees Jane acting as a 'decoy' prostitute, with the hope of capturing a suspect wanted for numerous sexual assaults. The attacker is drawn in and put under arrest. Commended for bravery in the case, Jane is given CID status and moves from Hackney to Bow Street Station as Detective. Her first call-out is to a non-suspicious death. The victim is a young mother, drowned tragically in her bath, leaving a bereft and doting husband and a young child. The two storylines interweave as Jane begins to doubt the evidence against her assailant in East London, and becomes certain that the young woman in the bath did not drown in tragic circumstances. Two entirely different cases but one common thread - the lingering doubt in Jane's mind around the evidence, and around her colleagues...
Reviews'Classic Lynda, a fabulous read'
'La Plante excels in her ability to pick out the surprising but plausible details that give her portrayal of everyday life in a police station a rare ring of authenticity'
'An absorbingly twisty plot'
'A rollicking period piece'
Mail on Sunday
'The pace is breathless and the plot is satisfyingly full of twists and turns'
The Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Publication date20th October 2016
AuthorLynda La Plante
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PublisherSimon & Schuster Ltd
CategoriesThriller / suspense
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