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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471125823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471125829
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Please visit www.laplanteproductions.com for further information.

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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 S. jones on 22 Nov. 2013
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr Cath on 23 Oct. 2013
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lynsey871 on 16 Sept. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jac on 10 Nov. 2014
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I too was really disappointed in this effort. I have read most of the series with Anna Travis et al, and enjoyed them all -but this is so poorly written and the storyline too far-fetched to be believable. I suspect Ms la Plante did not actually write this book but had a ghost writer or gave the idea to a student to have go with. There are numerous spelling mistakes as well as very basic grammatical errors absent in other books in this series. Please, no more like this. If you really did wrote this, you need a good proof reader to tighten it up, correct mistakes and bring it back to the standard of previous books. Really disappointing and would not recommend..
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Firstly the bad news - this book is as devoid of style as all of La Plante's oeuvre that I've read to date. It reads like a normal novel which has been left simmering on a gas hob a bit too long, so that any trace of elegant prose has evaporated, leaving the bare bones of actions and speech set out in purely functional terms. But this is what La Plante does, because she is essentially a screenwriter, and what you're reading is basically a TV script.

I also note that an editor is name-checked in the acknowledgements as someone "whose care and attention to every detail is impressive". Well, with respect to the individual concerned, she must have been having an off-day when she dealt with this book, as I have never read a text so littered with schoolboy howlers - "your" instead of "you're" being one example which occurs several times. Even the jacket (paperback) isn't immune - only someone with no knowledge of current affairs at all could render "the Met" as "the MET" (twice) alongside "the FBI".

But as per usual with La Plante, this story grips from start to finish. The plot bounces along at a good pace, and the personal and professional relationships are beautifully handled. These are real people with real strengths, real faults, real personality clashes. Like, I suspect, most readers, I don't like Langton nearly as much as La Plante seems to like him, but Anna Travis is a character who is as rounded as the overwhelming demands of her job allow. There is one scene right at the end of the book which - even allowing for the nature of the character involved - I find ludicrously histrionic, but the rest of the action is well-judged.
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