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Title:
Wrongful death
Author:
La Plante, Lynda.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First U.S. edition
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Bourbon Street Books, 2015.

©2013
Physical Description:
500 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
"London's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie, duty to the job or personal ambition, in this masterful tale of suspense from the award-winning, international bestselling author of the Prime Suspect series--one of today's finest crime writers, alongside such talents as Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, Kate Atkinson, and Ian Rankin.Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share.DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at Quantico, as part of an exchange between the Met and the FBI. But before she can leave, she's got to review the case thanks to her boss, DCS James Langton. Joining her team is senior FBI agent and crime scene expert Jessie Dewar.The American's brash manner quickly ruffles feathers throughout the Met, and what should have been a simple matter of tying up loose ends becomes a political powder keg when the competence of the original investigation team is challenged. Suddenly, Anna is faced with a dangerous choice. Will she close ranks to protect her people, or push to find the truth no matter what the consequences?"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062355935
Format :
Book

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Summary

London's Detective Chief Inspector Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie, duty to the job or personal ambition, in this masterful tale of suspense from the award-winning, international bestselling author of the Prime Suspect series--one of today's finest crime writers, alongside such talents as Sophie Hannah, Ruth Rendell, Kate Atkinson, and Ian Rankin.

Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead. Ruled a suicide, the police investigation was closed. Then a young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery, tells his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share.

DCI Anna Travis is scheduled to leave for training at Quantico, as part of an exchange between the Met and the FBI. But before she can leave, she's got to review the case thanks to her boss, DCS James Langton. Joining her team is senior FBI agent and crime scene expert Jessie Dewar.

The American's brash manner quickly ruffles feathers throughout the Met, and what should have been a simple matter of tying up loose ends becomes a political powder keg when the competence of the original investigation team is challenged. Suddenly, Anna is faced with a dangerous choice. Will she close ranks to protect her people, or push to find the truth no matter what the consequences?


Author Notes

Lynda La Plante was born on March 15, 1943 in Newton, Lancashire, England, as Lynda J Titchmarsh. She is a writer and producer, known for Bella Mafia (1997), Prime Suspect 3 (1993) and Above Suspicion (2009). La Plante was educated at England's Royal College of Dramatic Art and began her career as a stage and television actress. She worked with the National Theatre, and appeared in The Gentle Touch, Out, and Minder, as well as in Rentaghost, a British children's television series, before turning to scriptwriting.

In the U.S., La Plante is best known as the author of Prime Suspect, a mystery-thriller television series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. The critically-acclaimed show has received numerous awards in both the U.S. and Britain, including two Emmys and Britain's prestigious BAFTA award for best drama series. La Plante has written several other television dramas and mini-series, including Bella Mafia, Cold Blood, Cold Shoulder 2, Framed, and Seekers.

La Plante's first novels, The Legacy and Bella Mafia, were both international bestsellers. She is also the author of several mystery novels, including a novelization of the Prime Suspect series and a series featuring sleuth Lorraine Page. Other titles include Entwined, Cold Shoulder, The Governor, and She's Out. British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awarded her with the prestigious Dennis Potter Writers Award. La Plante also received the Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award and an Emmy Award for Best Mini Series: Prime Suspect.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

La Plante is the author of the Prime Suspect television series, whose heroine, Jane Tennison, a woman who fights crime and her own demons, has been famously played by Helen Mirren. This belongs to another series and another cop, Ann Travis. Although many of the earlier volumes have been outstanding (Blind Fury, 2011), this ninth misses the mark. Travis comes across not as the tough yet troubled heroine we've seen before, but as a stuffy Brit who is completely taken aback by the ghastly manners of a visiting American FBI agent. It's as if Lady Catherine de Bourgh had been transplanted from Pride and Prejudice to a contemporary mystery. The story revolves around the death, initially ruled as suicide, of a nightclub owner. The visiting American agent moves to reopen the case, which leads to much hard feelings and some interest. There is a decent crime novel in here somewhere, but Travis' unwelcome personality change will get in the way of most readers of the series.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In La Plante's convoluted ninth Anna Travis novel (after 2013's Backlash), the English detective chief inspector takes charge of re-examining the months-old suicide of Joshua Reynolds, a London nightclub owner, after a man arrested for assaulting a police officer claims that it's a case of murder. Setting aside plans to take an FBI course in Quantico, Va., Anna teams with Jessie Dewar, a hotshot FBI agent who's in Europe doing research for a doctorate in forensic psychology. Anna and Jessie don't see eye-to-eye, but a bigger problem arises when the competence of the officers who initially investigated Reynolds's death comes into question. Revelations follow rapidly amid copious detail, both about the investigation and the characters' thoughts and personal lives. Some readers may be jarred by British expressions emerging from American mouths, such as Don Blane, an FBI agent, saying, "Transport is just outside." Not bloody likely. Agent: Gill Coleridge, Rogers, Coleridge & White (U.K.). (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

DCI Anna Travis is ready to head to Quantico, VA, for a training exchange; however, she has one last case to follow up on. This involves information from a man on trial that the death of London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds, ruled a suicide six months ago, was actually a murder. Instead of a quick wrap-up, Anna finds problems with the way the original investigation team handled it, and her exchange replacement, senior FBI agent Jesse Dewar, is making more enemies than friends at the Metropolitan Police. With her flight to Quantico approaching, Anna must choose between uncovering the truth of Reynolds's death or protecting her people. VERDICT In her latest outing after Backlash (first published in the UK in 2013), Anna Travis is now a seasoned investigator and willing to go to whatever lengths necessary for her job. Once again La Plante delivers a quality and complex police procedural. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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