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Publisher's Summary

Jane Tennison must navigate the salacious world of theatre to solve a brutal murder in the heart of London's West End, in the brilliant new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante.

Things can't get much worse for Detective Jane Tennison. Unceremoniously kicked off the adrenaline-fuelled Flying Squad, she now plies her trade in Gerald Road, a small and sleepy police station in the heart of London's affluent Knightsbridge.

With only petty crime to sink her teeth into, Tennison can feel her career slowly flatlining. That is until the discovery of the most brutal murder Jane has ever seen: Charlie Foxley has been found viciously beaten to death with a cricket bat - his body dismembered and disembowelled.

As a big-time theatrical agent, Foxley had a lot of powerful friends - but just as many enemies. And alongside her old friend DS Spencer Gibbs, Tennison must journey into the salacious world of show business to find out which one is the killer, before they strike again.

©2020 Lynda La Plante (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Sexist

It was absolutely psinful to listen to the disgusting and demeaning treatment of the previously strong & independent Female character & then to end with her being relieved at last because an old beau shows up unannounced just put the topper on such a terribly sad & sexist story - what the heck happened to this author?!

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I was not as into this book like the others. Just had trouble getting into the story.

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Loved it

This book has wonderfully over the top characters. I love all the Jane Tennison books!

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  • Evie-C
  • 01-14-21

Blunt force

This has far far too much bad language in it for my taste it would be wise to remember that not all readers enjoy today’s modern cursing and in particular the f word every other word ... there are alternatives also I would think there a some crooked who are not potty mouthed that aside it would have been a good book

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  • 09-02-20

Not Prime La Plante

So very glad that this was not the first in the series because I may very well have stopped at several points.
If this is going to be your first look at young Tennison, please don't there are three other books in the series far superior.
This felt like La Plante By Numbers. Was a book due and this is what hit sent in?
She can, & indeed does, do far better than this.

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  • Bronty
  • 09-06-20

Top Return

Totally enjoyed this book. Great storyline narration and mental visualisation of the characters and scenes. Loved it and can see it easier coming our screens to view. More please.

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  • Josephine Farr
  • 10-02-20

Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was excellent. Could not put it down. More please.

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  • jasonmk
  • 09-17-20

Loved it

Loved it.
absolutely superb. brilliant narrator
looking forward too the next Lynda la plante. .

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  • LM Meiland
  • 06-22-21

Doesn't stand the test of time

It was written a while ago and it shows. Two major themes of the plot would (hopefully) be written differently today.

the first is shockingly fatist and fat shaming, constantly calling one of the characters perverted for wanting to have sex with larger ladies and it sprinkles in a good chunk of kink shaming just for fun. there's a few passages describing a list of harmless kinks as if to say 'see ewwwwww, they're gross!' and all the main characters are suitably disgusted.

The other theme is based almost entirely on racial stereotyping, it's heavy handed and at times ruins the suspense. because of the obviousness of the cardboard 'foreigners' you can see the conclusion coming a mile off.

To be finally disappointing, there's also a chirpy 'I'm all right jack' disabled person, that seems purely included to make one of the main characters more likable.

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  • Ken Rankin
  • 03-18-21

What a disappointment.

I had to force myself to listen all the way to the end.
Dull, preposterous storyline, unbelievable characters.
Twist in the end did not make it worth the wait.
This is the first Lynda La Plante I’ve read unfortunately.

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  • gfplux
  • 05-14-21

Not as gripping

This is apparently Tennison book 5. Why not say that upfront. It was good but not perfect. Frankly perfection would be to know the exact Tennison timeline and listen in that order.

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  • TrudyW
  • 03-15-21

Another winner

Good story great narration very entertaining. Overall another Tennison success. Look forward to the next one

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  • Lin
  • 04-15-22

A good listen

I have enjoyed listening to all the Jane Tennyson books, this was no exception. The only thing that let it down for me was the excessive bad language. Admittedly the environment she is working in there will be bad language, but I felt it was over the top and uncalled for. Other than that it was great, loved the narrator, for me she brings the characters to life.

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  • G Rumpy
  • 09-16-20

Another great book by Lynda

Another great episode of the Jane Tennyson series. As always, well written and interesting twists in the plot.
Gripping to listen to - only downside was that audible kept skipping - not sure if it's an editing or download problem - would recommend.