• Trial and Retribution III

  • Trial and Retribution, Book 3
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fifteen-year-old Cassie Booth goes missing on her paper round. Then her bloodstained jacket is found in a boathouse belonging to Karl Wilding - but there's little evidence against him.

A routine visit by Detective Inspector Pat North to appease persistent complainer Stephen Warrington spirals into something far more sinister. As his behaviour becomes increasingly obsessive, North is caught in a frightening web of deceit and lies that fuels her suspicion that Warrington has been involved in a far more horrific crime.

Only one of the men is guilty of murder. Can the jury unravel the complex web of lies and find justice for Cassie?

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

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  • Maggie G
  • 01-07-22

Book 111

Narrator brilliant as usual. I love this series always a lot going on. Felt sorry for North in this one she has some really scary moments that really affect her. On to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-21

Brilliant as usual

I cannot fault the narrator on this series of books. His voice and accents would make listening to the Encyclopedia Britannia interesting.
Of course Lynda la Plants writing is outstanding. I am now ready for book V

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  • D Schofield
  • 08-01-22

another bleak gripping British crime drama

slow paced with some get under your skin annoying characters. narrated wonderfully as always. not the best in this series but still a good listen x

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  • Jacky
  • 04-24-22

Compelling intriguing murder courtroom drama

This series of books are brilliant, keep you on your toes with the twists, good to see Mike and Pat having a relationship adds an extra layer, narration is really good and helped with the imagination

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  • Marion G.
  • 01-24-22

Bit of a trial

Not one of the best in this series with the beginning of a relationship between Walker and North that takes up far too much of the novel and very little action. If you take away the tribulations of a new relationship between two hugely driven detectives then the novel would be very short and succinct - and probably only 3 hours long. Hope the next one is better!

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  • Steph H
  • 01-22-22

Please read below

I'm going to do a review for the series as a whole and post it for each book, this is because I feel that the further along the series and especially the last book are mostly about the private lives of the detectives rather than the crimes themselves.

I do feel that of all the series of Linda La Plante's that I've read/watched this is probably the weakest as far as story and character development go.

The character of Mike Walker is not someone I like, yes he may get the job done, but he really is a dinosaur, and frankly I don't think he is that good of a detective. He guesses a lot or plays a hunch, which by luck has been proved correct, so often no more follow up is done once a case has either had a confession or thought to be proved. Finding evidence whilst the case is going through trial seems really far fetched to me and also not professional.

The character of Pat North has a lot of potential, she should have stayed well away from getting involved in a relationship with Mike Walker, and frankly that whole scenario is completely unnecessary.

The Detective Sargent character of Dave Satchwell starts off predictable, seems to move forward, and then de-evolves by the last book.

How much of all of this is due to the fact that the author was writing for television, rather than writing a "book" I don't know, but the story does seem to suffer because of it.

I won't be revisiting the tv series, and I doubt very much that I will listen to the books again.

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  • Nat Venosi
  • 03-18-22

Wish they were longer

Fave narrator and old school British crime, law combined with interesting relationships, just love it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

Suspenseful

Just loved how Lynda La Plante's narrative twists and turns. One becomes totally immersed in the storyline and the characters and the development of both. Can't wait to listen to number 4.