Late night on a notorious high-rise estate in Hackney and a white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A woman on the street after a long evening's drinking... She never makes it home. A suspect... an arrest... a confession... A case done and dusted?
Five years earlier, a 13-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street. DCS James Langton headed the investigation; the case was never closed. It has haunted him ever since. And now comes another confession, to this murder, and to one more besides. Too good to be true? DCI Anna Travis, pulled into the fray, isn't so sure that they have their man. Then the suspect changes his story...
La Plante breaks no new ground in her eighth Anna Travis novel (after 2012's Bloodline). Anna, now detective chief inspector for Specialist Casework, uses lateral thinking to restart stalled murder investigations, including one involving Henry Oates, the driver of a van that contained birthday party supplies and a corpse. During his initial interrogation, Oates alluded to having committed other murders, and Anna must help determine the truth of his statements. Dull, routine police work focuses on identifying people who can provide information on Oates's life and on looking for evidence to connect him with other killings. The interrogations themselves and the devising of strategies to get under the suspect's skin have been done better elsewhere, including the TV series Prime Suspect (the author's breakthrough). La Plante takes no risks in this installment.
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I always enjoy Lynda La Plante's books and this was no different.
Characters, you believe in, care about, & some you don't. It's real and gritty and I loved it....thank you
Loved this book from start to finish. The only bad thing is now I have to wait ages 'til the next book! Please write fast Lynda!!!!!
I WANT MORE!!!!!
Another great book by Lynda La Plante that you can't put down .