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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (22 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471130932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471130939
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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La Plante has achieved considerable success with a canny balancing act between genres. Initially, her thrillers may appear to be simple, non-reflective blockbusters with strong women characters, but she is a far more subtle writer than this might initially suggest. It takes real skill to produce popular writing as sophisticated as this, however pungent the narratives might seem. The central character in Sleeping Cruelty represents a departure for her. Sir William Benedict is enjoying all the glittering prizes that his wealth and position have granted him. Relishing his reputation as a self-made man (with his own island in the Caribbean), he is particularly keen that his political protégé Andrew Maynard should succeed, and he has been bankrolling Maynard's campaign heavily. But Maynard, who was gay, commits suicide, and Benedict soon finds his reputation falling apart as swiftly as his ordered world. The hellish existence he finds himself in is rendered even more painful by the people who were closest to him. But Benedict is marshalling his forces, and begins to dream of an uncompromising revenge.

In such books as The Legacy, Bella Mafia and Cold Blood, La Plante demonstrated a sure grasp in her delineation of larger-than-life characters. But she has replaced her powerful female protagonists with a richly drawn anti-hero in Benedict. The details of his lifestyle and the cold-blooded betrayals by his nearest and dearest are handled in the usual confident fashion, but it's the characterisation of Benedict that really grips the attention. Initial fears that that he may be a broadly-drawn, one-dimensional creation are quickly allayed, and the reader is cast adrift when La Plante pulls off her principal coup: thoroughly involving us in Benedict's highly dubious activities. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lynda La Plante bestowed John Moores University with a creative writing scholarship in her hometown of Liverpool and is an honorary member of the British Film Institute. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also awarded Lynda with the Dennis Potter Writers Award. She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List (for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity), and was presented with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel Above Suspicion at the International Film and Television Festival Conference in Cologne. In 2009 Lynda was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame . Her novels have all been international bestsellers.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Code_One on 31 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
Having enjoyed LaPlante's Trial and Retribution TV dramas, I thought I'd give one of her novels a try. I must have chosen the wrong one, for I found Sleeping Cruelty thoroughly disappointing. While the characters are complex and intriguing, they do not come across as realistic, more creations to serve the plot. As for the plot itself, it just about hangs together but it's pretty implausible. Even allowing for that, the story's progression and character reactions are a lot more predictable than T&R. Where were the surprises, the twists, the subtle observations of human behaviour we can all relate to? I persevered to the end because I lived in hope that I would be rewarded for my patience. But I wasn't. If this book hadn't had LLP's name on it, I'd have closed it long before the final page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. E. Sewell on 21 April 2007
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I have been a fan of Lynda La Plante for some time and was really looking forward to reading this book. The first chapter was chilling and I thought it was going to develp into an excellent thriller ---- then it went downhill fast! It soon developed into an extremely implausible plot with unconvincing, unbelievable characters and an excuse to include very badly written sexual exploits. I stuck with it to the end simply because I never give up on a book, but this really was one of the worst books I have read in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By smallamazonian on 16 May 2013
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This book started out so well, so promisingly. And then about a third of the way through, the author quite literally lost the plot. Most of the later characters were hyperbolized and shallowly depicted, and just didn't make it off the flat page into a believable reality. Added to the mixture (the word pot-boiler actually comes to mind): unloveable and unsympathetic types, and seamy rather than steamy sex in a boringly pretty picture-postcard setting. After a reasonable build up of tension, the plot unfortunately runs out of puff even before it gets to the alleged climax and the unsatisfactory - again, testing the limits of plausibility - ending. In summary, that old school report comment perhaps is the most apt: can do better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Donna Bennett on 4 Jan 2008
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What you have to remember is this is going to be nothing like Trial and Retribution or Prime Suspect or anything else in that genre, so if you're expecting this book to be like that - forget it. There's drama, drugs, sex, child abuse, intrigue and revenge in this book.

I could not put this book down, from page one I was hooked. It's all about a politician who's ends up questioning his sexual orientation. He finds himself drawn to a young politician who shows promise and he supports and funds him. However when things take a turn for the worse the attractive boy character (Justin) makes an entrance into the book. It tells of Justin's and his sisters childhood and there are some twists and turns along the way which all become clear (I don't want to give anything away).

The whole point of the book is to claim revenge against all people in the older politicians life for how they have wronged him when things were bad, so he finds out all their sordid secrets and uses these against them to bring them down.

I personally enjoyed the book that much that I would definitely read it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moira Clark on 6 Mar 2014
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I only tend to write reviews on books which I think are awful in order to warn other people off. This is one of the few books that fall in to that category. A truly horrible story, not thrilling in the least, full of truly horrible characters which were neither endearing or interesting. Totally unbelievable plot verging on the ridiculous. Will be added to my list of authors to avoid in future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Staite on 1 July 2014
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Not up to Lynda La Plante's usual standard. Decent standards of morality are not part of this exercise and in the end it seems to be a shallow tome about unpleasant people all seeking illegitimate gain. I'm not a prude and I enjoy the colourful element of a good story as much as anyone but like food, a good meal can be ruined by an excess of flavour.
I've read much better Lynda La Plante.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Macmillan on 1 Aug 2004
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i only just finished reading this book and it had kept me gripped from start to finish. i have read several of her other books and loved cold shoulder, cold blood, cold heart and bella mafia. the storyline of this book is brilliant with only the start being slight hard going (only interesting if ur into ur politics which i unfortunately am not). the characters fascinated me with their lack of any morals and it is hard to decide whether you love or hate them (especially justin and laura). It is pretty hard to relate to any of these characters but in a way that makes the book more interesting.the ending disappointed me slightly as i feel some of the stuff was left unresolved but on the whole this book is fascinating if somewhat disturbing. if you love the other la plante stuff then i would definetly recommend this book and also read all the "cold...." books as lorraine page is a super character!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rke2103 on 29 May 2014
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Expected a really good read but was disappointed in the whole story. Love the Anna Travis stories but this was not a patch on them.
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