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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death [Kindle Edition]

Lynda La Plante
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Duty to the job or personal ambition? Anna Travis must decide where her loyalties lie . . .
Six months ago, London nightclub owner Josh Reynolds was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, the gun held in his right hand. His death was quickly determined to be a suicide, the investigation was closed . . . a case done and dusted.
Until now.
A young man, awaiting trial for armed robbery has informed his guards that Reynolds was murdered, and that he has information to share with the police. DCS James Langton tasks DCI Anna Travis to review the case. As soon as she wraps up the investigation, Langton tells Anna, she can join him at the FBI Academy in Virginia for training.
Meanwhile, Senior FBI Agent, Jessie Dewar, crime scene expert, is seconded to Anna's team as part of her research. Dewar's brash manner soon ruffles feathers among the MET, and what should have been a simple case of tying up loose ends becomes a political nightmare as the competence of the original investigation team is questioned.
Anna's trip to America is approaching, but now that the situation at the MET has become so volatile, can she trust Dewar to finish the job in her absence?

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (12 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R6GENK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lynda La Plante was born in Liverpool. She trained for the stage at RADA and worked with the National Theatre and RDC before becoming a television actress. She then turned to writing - and made her breakthrough with the phenomenally successful TV series WIDOWS.

Her novels have all been international bestsellers. Her original script for the much-acclaimed PRIME SUSPECT won awards from BAFTA, Emmys, British Broadcasting and Royal Television Society as well as the 1993 Edgar Allan Poe Writer's Award.

Since 1993 Lynda has spearheaded La Plante Productions. In that time the company has produced a stunning slate of innovative dramas with proven success and enduring international appeal.

Based on Lynda's best selling series of Anna Travis novels, Above Suspicion, Silent Scream, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream have all adapted into TV scripts and received impressive viewing figures.

Lynda has been made honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writer's Award 2000.

On 14th June 2008 Lynda was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List (Writer and Producer for services to Literature, Drama and to Charity).

On 3rd October 2009, Lynda was honoured at the Cologne Conference International Film and Television Festival with the prestigious TV Spielfilm Award for her television adaptation of her novel, Above Suspicion.

Books penned by Lynda La Plante include: The Legacy, The Talisman, Bella Mafia, Entwined, Cold Shoulder, Cold Blood, Cold Heart, Sleeping Cruelty, Royal Flush, Above Suspicion, The Red Dahlia, Clean Cut, Deadly Intent and Silent Scream, Blind Fury and Blood Line have all been international best-sellers.

Lynda's new Anna Travis novel; Blood Line (released July 2011) entered the UK Sunday Times Bestsellers List at number 1 having sold 9,500 copies in its first two weeks, hotly followed by the paperback of Blind Fury achieving 38,000 copies sold in it's second week in the charts.

***Feb 2012*** will see the release of the chilling tale of THE LITTLE ONE, published in conjunction with Quick Reads through Simon & Schuster UK.

Lynda La Plante is published in the UK by Simon & Schuster.
Lynda La Plante is published in the US by HarperCollins Publishers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing 22 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed all the Anna Travis series, some more than others, but this is the most disappointing. The series has a number of engaging and well-drawn characters, notably Anna herself and the charming but infuriating James Langton, but others as well, Barolli, Mike Lewis, June and Barbara. They are all featured in this latest book and contribute a lot to the story's interest. However the plot itself is long, rambling, and tedious and I lost interest half way through and skimmed through a lot of it. The book was badly written too, Lynda la Plante's writing tends to be prosaic at best but she compensates for this with her tight plots and detailed descriptions of police procedure. However she seems to have lost her way with this book and Anna herself seems to be nearing the end of the road as a character. Will she continue becoming more and more tough, successful and swallowed up by her work? Maybe it's time for a fresh series with different characters?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great crime fiction read! 16 Sep 2013
Surprisingly, as a lover of crime fiction, this was the first novel by Lynda La Plante that I have read and it definitely won't be the last. This was an extremely detailed and exciting read that followed the investigation of Anna Travis and her team as they worked to discover what really happened to Josh Reynolds on that fateful night. Was it suicide or murder? What secrets would unfold as the closed suicide case became a homicide investigation?

Lynda La Plante has told this thrilling mystery story in enormous detail with many references to the particulars of crime investigations. Throughout the book, the reader is exposed to an array of evidence including blood splatter patterns, finger prints, interviews and CCTV footage. All this contributes to the realism of the plot and helped me to form opinions and theories in my mind. The book had many twists and turns and I kept changing my mind all the way through as to who I thought may have murdered Josh Reynolds. I would make a terrible detective!

The story was very reminiscent of recent popular series such as Dexter and Luther and the characters involved were very likeable and real. I was particularly drawn to the relationships between Detectives Travis and Dewar and later on between Travis and Bane as their relationship blossomed at the FBI training camp.

At a grand total of 500 pages I did at times find myself struggling and found the detail included quite draining. However, there was a welcomed break in plot roughly halfway through the book as Detective Anna Travis left for America to take part in the FBI training course. Here, she set upon a new case to discover what happened to a missing school girl and this subplot added an exciting twist to the story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Send for Travis!! 23 Oct 2013
By Dr Cath
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I've read all the Travis novels and have generally enjoyed them. However, over the past couple of books, I've become very glad that I'm not related to the woman who becomes more and more unpleasant and unsympathetic as time goes on. I wouldn't mind this - it's actually quite a fair character development; the problem is that the nastier she gets, the more everyone else adores her. I'd run for the hills, myself. This book has some merit. I quite like the 'home' plot for the most part. But the final actions of Langton don't really match up to his previous single-mindedness and selfishness. However, it's the US bit that finished me. To summarise: Travis flies out to Quantico. Before a single class has taken place and before she has spent a single night in her narrow single bed, some hunk teacher (conveniently single) forgets every principle of mentoring/teaching and invites her out - it's barely 24 hours before she's moved in with him. Then he gives her a case to review. It's baffled the finest detectives in the whole of the States. But this poses our heroine no problem. Within a few hours, a simple review reveals the truth to her. Hooray for Anna! Not only does she solve the US case but, at the same time, she is able to locate the key to the UK case. Zooming home (she has to take a plane as she's not quite at the Superman stage) she is allowed to shout a woman to death in front of the distressed but ineffective medical staff before the whole thing is tied up neatly and Langton recommends her for Superintendent. Such a pity; she was a very engaging central character in the early novels. I'm not quite sure I will read any more Travis novels. This one was just sooooooo irritating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book 28 Oct 2013
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no problems at all thank you al arrived perfectly fine
really enjoy these books will continue to look for more
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class. 12 Oct 2013
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Lynda La Plant at her best. One main story with two others to also get involved with. A lot of reseach must have been involved to write this including that of the trigger happy people from accross the pond.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrongful Death 12 Oct 2013
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Always love Lynda's books -read everyone. Love Anna and will miss James Langton. I hope he turns up in future books to help Anna they are a great team together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Red 27 Jan 2014
By Mar
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I have always liked Lynda La Plante's books. I love the interaction between Langton and Travis. The story was a page turner and I thoroughly enjpyed it and would recommend to anyone interestedin detective novels
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not a bad idea at all but I'm certain Fitzpatrick had posed as a DCI from the Met in Book 4 Deadly Intent and not as a member of the FBI as stated in this book
Published 17 hours ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars The end of the road for Travis?
Unlike the other books in this series I struggled to finish this one. Anna is now a Chief Detective Inspector but seems to be doing what she did as a sergeant, still at the behest... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jill Besterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best
I have read numerous books by Lynda le Plante and always enjoyed them, this one was just to long and got very boring towards the end.
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. Pauline Warrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynda la plante
Excellent book. Definitely well worth a read and certainly up to the standard of Lynda la plant. Can't wait for the next one
Published 11 days ago by beejay
3.0 out of 5 stars afraid not good
I was disappointed by this one, it struggled to keep me riveted like the previous. Several times I very nearly put the book into the unfinished folder.
Published 20 days ago by Laird John
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Travis and Lynda La Plante
Three crimes, three resolutions. Brilliant! I couldn't put the book down. Best yet. Can't wait for the next one. Hope it's soon.
Published 21 days ago by Chris Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars not one her best
Credibility is stretched tighter than Ann Widdecombe,s knicker elastic. The unlikely exchange visits with the FBI, Travis solving an American cold case and falling in love in the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Ciderman
5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet.
People talk about books which are "unputdownable". This one isn't. With the myriad of characters and twists in the plot you need to
have a break and muse on what you... Read more
Published 28 days ago by David R. Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrongful death
Yet again a very compelling story, I love the Anna travis novels, the plots are amazing and this one has been exciting all the way. Although very sad to see James Langston leaving. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lisa bannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed !!
Loved the book from start to finish, a great page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. Couldn't put it down !!!
Published 1 month ago by Sally Bell
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