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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a brand-new thriller series by the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante. A burnt-out cottage, a fortune buried in the ashes - and a body that could solve a decades-old crime....

Jack Warr is a young DC with the Metropolitan Police. Charming but aimless, Jack can't seem to find his place in the world - until he's drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down. 

In the aftermath of a fire at a derelict cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remnants of millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes - the hidden legacy of Dolly Rawlins and her gang of Widows. 

Jack's assignment to the case coincides with an investigation into his own past. As he searches for the truth about his identity, Jack finds himself increasingly drawn into a murky underworld of corruption and crime. Those millions have not been forgotten - and Jack will stop at nothing to find the truth.

An exciting and action packed new thriller, with roots in La Plante's best-selling novels, Widows, Widows' Revenge and She's Out

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

Critic Reviews

"Lynda La Plante practically invented the thriller." (Karin Slaughter)

"A compelling, clever plot with a brilliant cast of diverse characters. Utterly riveting." (Rachel Abbott, million-selling author of Only the Innocent

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Boring Narrator

Have looked forward to this book for so long...Why oh why. Is a boring narrator reading such a great book. Alex is so boring, like he's not enjoying the book...
Annie brings the characters to life ! Such a shame!
Can't wait for the sequel. Dolly

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Narrator does not do justice to the story

An excellent novel with rich characters and a good plot. Unfortunately, Alex, the narrator, sounded half asleep much of the time. I did give him three stars because he was good at accents and playing the different characters. But he sounded tired and bored at times which is why I could not give him five stars. Lynda La Plante deserves better.

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Enjoyed It

I enjoyed the story but not the narrator. Annie should have continued done the performance. I would have enjoyed it much better.

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Pleasantly surprised...

Tried this title because it was 'Included' ... I really enjoyed the story and the narration. Some reviewers felt that the narration was 'boring' or monotone, disinterested. I couldn't disagree more. The guy (Hassell) reminded me a bit of Douglas Adams reading his own books. I thought he was very good. Anyway...the story may have been a bit of a reach, and I found the style somewhat disjointed (timeline - wise). Several times I needed to back up a couple minutes to make the transitions work. Bottom line, I liked it...I hope you do too.

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DRUG OUT

Story drug out my goodness. I took regular breaks and eventually just returned it. I couldn't even finish it.

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Intriguing from the jump

Once I could keep all of the characters straight, I was able to listen with a visual movie in my head at the narration. I was confused initially, but stuck with it and the storyline flushed out. Enjoyable because these characters did real things in a real way. They were neither light, nor dark, except for Esther, possibly. Lol! A good, solid story.

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I tried,just not interested

As much as I listened to the pitch-perfect narration by Alex Hassell and Annie Aldington, the plot never grabbed my attention. I have listened to others by Lynda La Plante and found them enjoyable. Thankfully, this was a free offering from Audible Plus at no cost.

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Stupid but engaging

I sas compelled to finish even though the story's a bit ludicrous. Some memorable characters

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Laughter

I liked all the different characters and the twists and turns but most of all the humor. This book definitely helped me escape into another world in order to forget my own. I recommend this book to young adults as well as old. She was able to capture all audiences throughout this book.

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patience

They were in it for the long haul. who knew how long there was going to wait.

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  • Lisa
  • 04-03-20

Fantastic start to a new series

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this during my 'working from home' day. This is a new series and character for the author but it's intertwined with characters from the past, so previous knowledge of the Widows series will add to your enjoyment. Narration is spot-on, and having googled Alex Hassell he looks exactly like I was imagining Jack to be :D

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  • LittlePlum um hum
  • 04-30-20

Exciting, tense but easy to listen to

This was a great read. The characters were believable and likeable, even the “baddies”. The characters stayed with you even when you were not listening to them. The tension lasted right up to the end. Like other Lynda la Plante books I found I was frightened to read parts because you dreaded that the characters were going to make stupid decisions. As long as you stopped reading they couldn’t do anything! Through her characters the author reveals great insight and sympathy. The narration was good though a little deadpan. I heartily recommend this book. I loved it. It will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

Want to return this,

I am going to return this book, absolute shame as I know it's a good book, however the narration is absolutely terrible. There is no emotion at all, the voice is monotone, I think a computer robot has read it.
I am so annoyed. not impressed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-20

Not really a detective story

Story is not really a detective novel, just a novel that happens to contain one

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  • Linda Johns
  • 04-30-20

At her best!!!

Absolutely brilliant loved it!! Perfect tonic for lockdown listened while re decorating the house couldn’t stop!! Loved all the old characters getting a mention loved our new ones too!! Has made me dust of my box sets widows & she’s out & watch something groundbreaking, who says there are no strong rolls on telly for women there certainly was back then!! Bring on the next book & bring on the tv series please!!!

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  • Pauline O.
  • 05-02-20

Disappointing

Enjoyed most of it. Good plot. By the time I was most of the way through, I felt the main character had undergone a metaporphasis and I did not like the characters I was sympathetic to previously. But, hey, it's just a book.

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  • T
  • 04-13-20

Ok But Not the Best

Its an ok book, but if you are wanting more of the earlier genre this isnt for you. Went on a bit too long for what was obvious to us all at the start. Maybe us older ones have read all the scenarios and nothing is exciting enough anymore? May be ok for new comers to detective thrillers though.
Reader was fine.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-20

Lynda La Plante at her best

Fantastic i couldn’t stop listening to it. Cant wait for the next in this series

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  • Fairlady
  • 04-01-21

awful

could not get into this listen.... first time ever, i have abandoned a book. Dull storyline, narration total monotonous- unbearable!!

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  • Indigoleopard
  • 04-16-20

kept me going

Yes it did, and I had to rewind and listen all over again. Good plot confising at times but kept me interested, had to ration myself some times.

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  • Robyn
  • 07-23-21

Disappointed

No.. sorry.. I persevered.. but..the narrator was bored I think.. … and Jack… well .. its a shame when you can’t like the main character…it’s a no from me..

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  • GT
  • 04-25-20

What a great sequel to widows

So enjoyed this book after all the widows books. I'm hoping this will continue and more books to this one and continue the story

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  • Jeff Ingham
  • 11-10-21

An excellent story

What a really good story that kept on the edge of my seat the whole time. At times I thought the plot had gone off on a odd tangent but it all became clear as the plot evolved. It was much the same for the narration but as the book progressed I found that it couldn't have been better. A great book in the true English story telling fashion.

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  • Wendy Ross
  • 10-27-21

Not a book for me

Just couldn't keep me interested - the story or the narrator. Gave up very early on.

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  • Lillian De Bortoli
  • 09-13-20

Enjoyable but complex story

I will be listening to this again. I feel complex stories are not well suited for audible. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it the first time and look forward to hearing it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-20

Bored! Persisted, but seriously not worth the hype

Despite the hype and advertising, (splashed all over metro "bus billboards" in Melbourne), I was utterly underwhelmed. I rewound a number of times because I'd zoned out and didn't want to unwittingly miss a crucial part of the plot. It soon became apparent that concentrating closely on the storyline didn't make it any more engaging. I persisted for 9/42 chapters...sadly I can't see it getting any better!

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  • Sunny
  • 05-20-20

Great narrative but hard to focus on the narration

I found it really difficult to tune into the narrator’s voice and thus kept
Losing track if the story. Had to buy kindle version to enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-20

Buried

was reasonably enjoyable. Became concerned every time the female narrator started as I found her voice terrible. Fortunately she only did a few short pieces. The rest had a very pleasant male voice.

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  • samantha bryant
  • 05-13-20

Thank you!

SUCH a great "story teller" and always makes reading a pleasure. Thankfully there is always more to come.